Top Five Saturday, 28 March 2020

Top Five

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, nudity and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    It's Hammy time.

  • Starring:

    Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, J.B. Smoove, Gabrielle Union, Romany Malco, Hayley Marie Norman, Anders Holm, Cedric the Entertainer, Karlie Redd

  • Directed by:

    Chris Rock

  • Running time:

    102 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are punched, arrested. Actors on film sets fight, stab, fire weapons, run with machetes, jump on other actors' backs. Accusation of rape; jail sentence implied. Harassing police officer, objects thrown/smashed, car accident, stealing. Rape, killing yourself, hitting women, white people dying mentioned. Screaming, shouting, arguing. Blood/gore: Blood-smeared shirts. Bandage. Sound of someone being cut with a knife (theatrical). Beheading mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    People have sex in bedrooms, a public bathroom, a nightclub. Foursome/orgy (2 x males, 2 x females), oral sex, hand job, objects/fingers inserted up rectum, kissing, fondling, semen. Nude man, near-nude women, glimpse of penis, breasts, bums, shirtless man, women in lingerie, skimpy clothing, cleavage, swimwear. Pimp, prostitution, homosexuality. Infidelity, naked pictures, lesbian sex mentioned. Sexual gestures, sexual-themed banter. Strip-club setting, pole-dancing, erotic/suggestive dancing.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Trays of marijuana, rolling/smoking joints. Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits, shots, champagne), alcoholism. Smoking (cigarettes, cigarillo). Benadryl, acid, meth, cocaine, heroin, crack, weed, crank, sobriety, taking pills mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tches. Name-calling, children swearing. Slang for genitals. Derogatory terms for women, African Americans. Slurs against race, weight, sexuality, culture, class. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Alcoholism, addiction, sobriety, standup comedy, false accusations (rape), racism, discrimination, film critics, honesty, forgiveness, engagement, entertainment industry, Hollywood, jail, wealth, celebrity, manipulation, betrayal, reality television, love, sex, rumours, family, homosexuality, peer pressure.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Jail, nightclub, strip club settings.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Hilarious, uproarious, winning, entertaining, smart, rich, mature, exuberant, wondrous, fast, bawdy, lively, polished, satiric. Terrific performances, well-written characters, hard-hitting humour, riotous cameos, effective structure, strong writing, pitch-perfect editing, upbeat score, real chemistry between leads, zippy one-liners.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable, contrived. Some plot twists strain credibility, unlikely third act twist.

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