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Blu-ray Release: Top Five

March 17, 2015

By John Corrado

Top Five Blu-rayToday, Paramount is releasing writer-director Chris Rock’s Top Five on Blu-ray.  Andre Allen (Chris Rock) is a celebrated standup comedian, who has become a sellout movie star, and now wants to be taken seriously as an actor.

But on the weekend of his new movie release, and widely publicized reality show marriage, he is given the opportunity to rethink his past, as a journalist (Rosario Dawson) spends the day with him trying to get an honest interview.

There is a lot of funny stuff here, but Chris Rock has also imbued this raunchy comedy with surprisingly thoughtful and even bittersweet undertones about addiction, the nature of celebrity, and the often slippery relationships between actors and journalists.

Bolstered by a sharply written and incredibly tight screenplay that ties everything together quite nicely, as well as solid performances across the board, Top Five provides great entertainment, with something genuine and deeper beneath the surface.  This is Chris Rock at the top of his game.

The Blu-ray includes commentary with Chris Rock and actor JB Smoove, some outtakes and deleted scenes, as well as two featurettes.

Top Five is 101 minutes and rated 18A.

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