'Top Five' clever and enjoyable despite a few bumps

December 11, 2014 1:46 PM

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Raunchy in extremis, often funny and at times touching, "Top Five" is Chris Rock's sincere attempt to craft a film career largely detached from his stand-up clowning.

Sending up his own old calling, he plays Andre, a celebrity comedian who made fame and fortune with a series of "Hammy the Bear" movies, lumbering in a full body bear suit. When he walks the streets of New York, the greeting is never "Hi, Andre"; it's always "Hey, Hammy!"

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