Directed by Chris Rock • TIFF Reviews •

September 10, 2014 7:47 PM

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Directed by Chris Rock • TIFF Reviews •

It's no secret that while Chris Rock has established himself as one the world's funniest stand-up comedians, he's also struggled to translate his humour over to movie theatres, with previous directorial efforts Head of State and I Think I Love My Wife. That's why it may not exactly be high praise to say that Top Five is Rock's best film to date and the closest he's come to distilling his brand of comedy for the screen. It may lack the kind of incisive social commentary that's often present in his best material, but it's propelled by an infectiously raunchy and freewheeling energy.

Rock plays Andre Allen, a former comic who's forever reminded of his role in a lucrative series of films as a talking bear named Hammy who fights crime alongside Luis Guzman. He's decided recently to take his career in a more serious direction, as he's on the eve of releasing an Oscar bait movie cal...

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