Top Five

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Extremely vulgar and sexy, but also funny and sweet.
  • R
  • 2014
  • 101 minutes

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Amid the racy/crude stuff, characters learn to trust in themselves, be honest, and follow their heart.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

Tantrum-throwing, smashing up bottles of beer in a store. Brief fighting.

Sex

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.

Language

Nearly constant use of words including "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," the "N" word, "dick," "ass," and "bitch."

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byB-KMastah February 13, 2015

Teeters between okay and pretty good.

There are those movies that you want to love and you end up loving them, and then there are those movies that you want to love, but just can't bring yourse... Continue reading
Adult Written byBestPicture1996 December 24, 2014

Rock finally has a platform to shine

While this movie is no "Wolf of Wall Street," there's still too much language, graphic sex scenes and frequent nudity to recommend it to anyone n... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old December 14, 2014
Teen, 15 years old Written byNvG Nick January 23, 2016

Top Five Review

Just fine but very inappropriate. Chris Rock is funny, and the movie can even be sad at points. Overall, good, just not great.

What's the story?

Comedian-turned-actor Andre Allen (Chris Rock) has made a series of idiotic but successful comedies and now wants to do something serious -- i.e. his new movie, the Haitian slave revolt movie UPRIZE! Meanwhile, his fiancee (Gabrielle Union) is a reality TV star, so every detail of their upcoming wedding is being prepared for the cameras. And now a journalist (Rosario Dawson) is spending the day with him, trying to get him to talk about something other than the usual sound bytes. But as he begins revealing the truth about himself, it turns out that she has some dark secrets, too. Over the course of the long day, could they be beginning to develop feelings for each other?

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.)

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Top Five's sex scenes. How are they used to help the character on his journey? Are there any scenes based on love and respect? What makes them different? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.

  • How is alcoholism portrayed in the movie? How do the characters maintain? How do they fall off the wagon, and what happens?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? Do you think the characters' struggle with alcoholism is portrayed realistically? Are the consequences of their addiction realistic?

  • How does Chris Rock represent himself here? How close do you think the character is to his real self? Is he a role model?

  • Why does the main character's fiancee want to be famous? What price has she paid for it?

Movie details

For kids who love comedy

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