A comedian (Chris Rock) tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality TV star fiancé (Gabrielle Union) talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.
Top Five stars Chris Rock as Andre Allen, a comedian who’s stopped being funny and wants to become a serious dramatic actor, taking on a role in a historical drama called Uprize! about a Haitian slave revolt. While his movie appears to be tanking, Andre’s upcoming nuptials to Erica Long (Gabrielle Union), a reality TV star and obvious parody of Kim Kardashian, is driving up a media frenzy. Meanwhile, he’s agreed to be interviewed by a reporter, played by Rosario Dawson.
Top Five, which made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, features an all-star cast including Kevin Hart, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Jay Pharoah, Leslie Jones, and Adam Sandler.
SNL‘s Jay Pharoah actually did a fantastic impersonation of Rock at the Top Five Q&A in Toronto. You watch the 3-minute clip here. (He does some Jay-Z and Drake, as well.)
Top Five received rave reviews at TIFF. Grantland‘s Wesley Morris writes, “You realize that even though Rock might lack a degree of formal precision or control, he does have a sense of adventure and a tremendous generosity of spirit… You wish Rock directed more, that he would settle into a Louie of his own.” Top Five is the third feature-length film directed by Rock, the previous two being the less successful Head of State (2003) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007). Rock also wrote the script for all three films.
Top Five will get a limited release in theaters on December 5, 2014. It is being distributed by Paramount Pictures.