Mr. Rock has made a pyrotechnic pinwheel of a personal comedy, and he’s had the wisdom to share it with a strong co-star. While he sends sparks flying every which way, Rosario Dawson keeps the story grounded in calm intelligence and classic romance.
The sweetest surprise in this raunchy comic ride is how artfully Rock lets down his guard. His confident, prowling wit as a stand-up has finally found its way to the screen, enhanced by a bracing vulnerability.
There are moments when Top Five sings, and then there are the flats. I’ve never been a fan of Tracy Morgan, and the movie would have been improved had he been omitted. He’s featured as part of a family visit that I found mostly unfunny. It’s that “comedy is tough” mantra I’ve been on. Chris Rock is funny; Tracy Morgan is not. Luckily this portion of film is relatively brief.
Will Top Five make my Top Ten? Not likely, but the inspired, sensitive and wise moments, a deftly handled alcoholic theme and a good number of hardy laughs earn a mark of 8/10.