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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amid the racy/crude stuff, characters learn to trust in themselves, be honest, and follow their heart.
Positive Role Models
Andre has made a success of himself from the ground up and is mainly a good person who tries to do right, but he's often waylaid in his attempts. As a recovering alcoholic, his struggles are ongoing. Rosario Dawson's character is also a recovering alcoholic who's basically a good person but sometimes lies.
Violence & Scariness
Tantrum-throwing, smashing up bottles of beer in a store. Brief fighting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Andre has sex with two prostitutes; another man joins in. Naked female breasts and butts (both male and female) are shown. A couple has sex. A tampon is stuck in a naked man's behind. An engaged man kisses another woman. Scenes take place in strip clubs. Very, very strong innuendo, sex jokes, and sex talk throughout.
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Nearly constant use of words including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "dick," "ass," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Pepsi can shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The two main characters are recovering alcoholics. They go into a liquor store just to look. One finds an old hidden bottle, opens it, and smells it. A character drinks a beer in a store and tries to buy more. In a flashback, characters smoke pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Top Five -- Chris Rock's showbiz comedy with romantic undertones -- is very, very funny but also very mature. Expect tons of sex talk, nudity, and innuendo, plus constant strong language ("f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "bitch," the "N" word, and more). Characters have sex with prostitutes and more than one partner, and certain fetishes are shown -- as are topless women and naked male and female bottoms. The two main characters are recovering alcoholics; both are tempted several times, and one falls off the wagon and drinks a beer, then throws a violent tantrum in a store and smashes several beer bottles. There are also flashbacks that show fighting and pot smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Top Five is both a showbiz comedy and a Hollywood love triangle, but everything it does is rooted in something genuine. It wrestles with the passions, fears, and frustrations of the high-risk business that is show business, not to mention everyday human anxiety around having to explain yourself -- or having to avoid unwanted attention based on celebrity. But despite all the glitz and glamour, everything comes down to a universal choice: How do you believe in yourself, and how do you follow your own heart? That, plus it's very, very funny.
Certainly one of the greatest living comedians, Rock has directed two pretty good movies -- Head of State (2003) and I Think I Love My Wife (2007) -- and has a successful, if not particularly distinguished, movie career. Now, like his character, who wishes to do something more and to tell the truth, he has directed and starred in the finest movie of his career to date. (The title refers to personal lists of favorite hip-hop artists.)
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