Rock is more at home on stage than off in 'Top Five'

December 10, 2014 1:29 PM

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With all the timely cultural commentary Chris Rock has been making about Ferguson, Staten Island, police chokeholds and the like while doing interviews ostensibly promoting his new film, it's actually a relief that "Top Five" is pretty good. Decades into an indifferent film career, Rock finally discovers his "first, best destiny," that he is more a stand-up comic than an actor. And if he's going to write, direct and act in a film, he'd be better off playing a stand-up not unlike Chris Rock.

Rock is never more at home than in the film's stand-up scenes, or its walking-and-riffing moments, with the comic doing killer takes on "Planet of the Apes" and race relations, Obama and what Tupac Shakur would be doing if he was still alive. "A statesman, a leader," a relative insists. "Tyler Perry...

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