Tom Basham

Top Five

In This Just OUT on December 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

TOP-FIVE-POSTERI wanted to laugh at “Top Five” today, and I got more than I asked for; I got a fairy tale.

Andre Allen (Chris Rock from “I Think I Love My Wife“) got famous doing anything to make people laugh. He rode that wave for years until he sobered up and did not want to be a joke anymore. The day his first serious movie opens, he is kind of nervous. He is doing every bit of press he can, but he is avoiding talking to The New York Times. They have never been good to him, but when they send Chelsea Brown (Rosaria Dawson from “Trance”), he reluctantly decides to let her follow him for the day.

While Andre’s movie means everything to him, it’s not near as important or popular as his fiancé Erica’s (Gabrielle Union from “Think Like A Man Too“) Bravo reality show. Erica is all about the show, while Andre is all about the business. While he wants to talk about his movie, Chelsea wants to hear about everything but – including why he walked away from stand-up comedy. The interview is more of an inquisition, but she does wear him down and begins to see the man behind the mania.

Director/Writer Chris Rock is at home telling a personal story that seems to be based on his own transformation from stand-up to screen actor. I was also pleased to see the whole movie was not like the trailer where they try to cram in a funny line every 10 seconds. The kind of guy who does that has no confidence in his characters or the story he is telling. There are plenty of laughs, but my eyes did not roll once. The cameos are cool, not cliché, and a little cutting on the cult of celebrity.

This is the funniest movie I have seen this year, and it was not dumb or dumber. There was slap shtick but in a slap and tickle kind of way that made me smile. The movie had a point and a point of view and I did not see every joke coming. For that I must give this movie 4 stars out of 5. It may not be a Cinderella story, but if the slip and fall fits, you must see it.

Tom Basham is an indie filmmaker. Here is a link to his movie review site:


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