Photo: TIFF

Photo: TIFF

Chris Rock best known and loved for his hilarious stand up comedy routines (and maybe his animated character voice overs), has tried his hand at writing and directing movies before. He has previously written and directed two feature films (Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife), and he’s back again with his newest film, Top Five. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was picked up by Paramount after receiving great praise.

Vanity Fair reported on the film’s plot:

Rock plays Andre Allen, a character with many similarities to himself. He began as a stand-up comedian, then segued into a series of extremely popular, stupid movies. (Allen’s Whammy the Bear trilogy features a cop in a bear suit that shoots machine guns, and it made a zillion dollars.) When we meet Andre he is four years sober, readying to marry to a Kardashian-esque reality star (Gabrielle Union) and is about to release his first “serious” effort, an historical epic on the Haitian slave revolution. Despite Top Five happening over the course of one day, the splendid stream-of-consciousness editing means it takes a moment to put it all together. Indeed, at first you may think that Andre’s verbal sparring partner Chelsea (Rosario Dawson, in a plum role) is his significant other. They’ve got the walk-and-talk patter down and seem comfortable zinging one another. This is, however, not the case.

Chelsea is a New York Times reporter shadowing Andre for the day as he preps for his bachelor party and does a junket for his earnest drama. The “plot” of Top Five, such as it is, is simple. Chris Rock and Rosario Dawson walk around New York. It’s the jazzy way in which they do it that make this so memorable.

The trailer was just released and it looks smart, funny, and fresh. Plus it’s got plenty of stars: Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, J.B. Smoove, Whoopi Goldberg, Adam Sandler, Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer, Leslie Jones and Tracy Morgan, among others. Jay Z and Kanye West are co-producers.

Check out the trailer for Top Five which hits theatres nationwide on Dec. 12.

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  • Urbanchica

    I’M IN!!!!

  • Suuzie

    Can’t give any of my money to the likes of kanye.

  • Mahogany

    It looks funny.

  • RJ

    @Suuzie commented that she cannot give her money to the likes of Kanye and I agree.

    What a funny situation we find ourselves. We need to see more black people in film, but the people who have the money to make things happen…don’t like black people. Kanye will keep his toe in blackness enough to make money.

    I for one never saw the black community going down this road. SMH.

  • Emily

    Casting will never change in this genre.

    This reminds me of these horrible black male comedian-led movies where the materialistic chicks are always clearly black, but then the smart, angelic, free-spirit with a good heart… not so obviously [“black”]. Eddie Murphy did it with Rasputia [Eddie Murphy in drag]and Thandie Newton while Martin Lawrence used Joy Bryant and Nicole Ari Parker. Will Smith took it to another level with “I, Robot” and “Hancock”. Meh, what can you do? It’s like they’re stuck. It’s sad…

    • constance

      I do remember reading an article a few years ago about latina actresses like Eva Mendes basically replacing black actresses as romantic love interests for black actors. And for all the latina actresses that are in “black” movies Eva Mendes, Rosalyn Sanchez (google her), Nadine Rodriguez, Rosario Dawson, and Zoe Saldana- none of those women are married to black men in real life. I just find it ironic that black men continuously put certain non black women on a pedestal and in real life these women are not checking for them at all.

      And I am still waiting for someone who looks even remotely like Lupita N’Yongo star opposite a black actor.