This trailer for TOP FIVE just doesn't feel funny anymore

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Imagine a former comedian. Who was cutting edge, risky and as funny as could be. Now he’s washed up, about as hilarious as catching Hepatitis B and forced to star in family-friendly flicks. While that sounds exactly like Eddie Murphy’s career, it’s also vaguely familiar to Chris Rock who just turned that concept into a movie. Here’s the first trailer for Top Five.

A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancé talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.

There are a ton of faces within that trailer that you might recognise, hinting that Rock called in a lot of favours for this film. In addition to Rock and Rosario Dawson, you’ll see a huge cast here: Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, JB Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, Whoopi Goldberg, and Jay Pharaoh. Jerry Seinfeld is also in the film, ina  scene that stole the whole film according to early reviews from the Toronto film festival.

All in all though, the film has been getting some positive press overall. Critics dig it, the story sounds solid and the casting is spot-on, which led Paramount to buy the rights for a mere $12.5 million. It’s out in cinemas, in December.

Last Updated: October 17, 2014

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