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- 1 hr 42 min
In the 2014 romantic-comedy, Top Five, Chris Rock plays the role of Andre Allen, a famous comedian whose career is at a turning point. Allen has made a name for himself in Hollywood by starring in a series of successful movies as a wisecracking cop, but he's now looking to make a change. He has just released a movie called Uprize, a serious historical drama about the Haitian Revolution, and he's hoping that this film will be the one to prove that he's more than just a funny guy.
The movie takes place over the course of a day in New York City, where Allen is doing the press rounds for Uprize. We get a sense of Allen's past and present as he meets with various journalists and radio hosts. He talks about his battle with alcoholism and how he got sober, as well as his upcoming wedding to Erica Long (Gabrielle Union), a reality TV star. Andre's agent (Kevin Hart) has arranged for him to be interviewed by a young and ambitious journalist named Chelsea Brown (Rosario Dawson) who is determined to uncover a different side of Andre.
As they spend the day walking around the city, the two characters begin to open up to each other, and a romance begins to develop. Without giving too much away, the film is very much about the connection between these two characters and how they are each grappling with their own struggles. While Andre is trying to redefine himself as a serious artist, Chelsea is dealing with her own insecurities and fears about her future.
Throughout the film, we get a glimpse of Allen's life within the larger context of the celebrity world. There are various cameos from famous comedians and actors, like Jerry Seinfeld and Adam Sandler, who talk about their own experiences with fame and success. We also see the ways in which Allen has become disillusioned with the industry and how it can be alienating, shallow, and at times, cruel.
However, the movie isn't just about the world of celebrity, but it is also about love, identity, and the meaning of success. It's a film that is both funny and poignant, and it showcases Chris Rock's talents as both a comedian and actor.
Ultimately, Top Five is a refreshing and entertaining film about finding one's voice amidst the noise of societal expectations. It's a movie about staying true to oneself, even when the world wants you to be something else.
Top Five is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4 and a MetaScore of 81.