It’s pretty damned rare that a trailer for a romantic comedy is able to generate anything but a disappointed harrumph out of me, but the first glimpse at Chris Rock’s third directorial outing Top Five is heavy with laughs. With Rock contemporaries such as Jerry Seinfeld (COMEDIANS IN CARS GETTING COFFEE) and Louis C.K (Louie) finding extremely successful vehicles for their comedy on screen, it’s awesome to see that this titan of stand-up is finally finding his cinematic voice. Rock incidentally is a huge Woody Allen fan, so hopefully we’re spoilt with an Allen homage, riddled with Rock’s ability to deconstruct hilarious comedic premises. Check out the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments.
Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah. The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush. The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.
It’s out in the U.S.A in December and so far there’s no scheduled Australian release date.