This was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time. This screen play was written and directed by Chris Rock and has a basic premise that has been done over and over again. On the outside this is a simple reproduction of a comedic love story. Been there, done that, got the hippie grocery tote. But, Chris is able to do it in an honest, gritty way similar to that of his comedy. If you peel back a little you’ll see much, much more. This movie has many layers.
This film not only pokes fun at, but he shines a magnifying glass on a lot of issues that we live with and sometimes gloss over in our everyday lives. No subject is off limits in this picture. Of course he talks about some of the old reliables such as racism, sex and race relations but he also goes off on everything from latent homosexuality to relationships to workplace decorum, fame, obesity, success, addiction, marriage, teenage pregnancy, family and more. I believe that the director is trying to get us to look at these social issues and realize that we’re all no so different from each other. He does a marvelous job of smartly making his point. Healing with humor so to speak.
This film is packed with a host of top notch comedians. He proves that he is not afraid to share the spotlight, i.e. that the sum is greater than it’s parts. This film features talented comedic actors such as J. B. Smoove (Leon from Curb your Enthusiasm), Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld), Tracy Morgan (we wish him a speedy and full recovery), Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Cedric the Entertainer and many, many more.
I’m not trying to throw out any spoilers but, one of my favorite parts was hip hop legend and infamous reprobate DMX, making fun of himself by basically spoofing his off stage problems.
This film is an emotional roller coaster, but a good one.
My Rating: Must see film.
By the way the title “Top Five” references the top five game they play mostly referring to hip hop groups or MCs. Who are your top five plus a “sixth man?”
and my “sixth man” would be Kool G Rap. He edged out KRS-One and Big L by a hair in my book.
This is just my opinion, and it was based on all time greats and their full body’s of work. I have another list of underground MCs that are every bit as good as these guys and they are extremely slept on. They haven’t gained widespread acceptance yet and don’t have quite the history or body of work….. We’ll save that for another post.