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A 2014 movie written, directed and staring Chris Rock.

Though he began in stand-up comedy, Andre Allen (Chris Rock) hit the big-time as the star of a trilogy of action-comedies about a talking bear. Andre is forced to spend the day with Chelsea (Rosario Dawson) a profile writer for the New York Times, whose film critic has just panned Andre's passion project about the Haitian Revolution.

Unexpectedly, Andre opens up to Chelsea, and as they wind their way across New York, Andre tries to get back in touch with his comedic roots.


  • Artistic License – History: In-Universe Andre's movie Uprize is heavily implied to be this.
  • Big Applesauce: Nearly all the movie is on location in New York City.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg and Adam Sandler are in the movie as themselves, but Chris Rock plays Andre and Kevin Hart plays his agent.
  • The Cameo: Several actors cameo, including Jerry Seinfeld, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, Adam Sandler, Taraji P. Henson, Gabourey Sidibe...
  • Double Standard Rape: Female on Male: A scene in which Chelsea violates a chauvinistic man who'd hit on her by shoving a tampon slathered in hot sauce up his ass is Played for Laughs and presented as his "comeuppance" for his chauvinism.
  • Drunken Master: What Andre thinks he was when he was doing stand-up while intoxicated, and is the main reason he's too scared to do comedy sober.
  • Fan Disservice: The flashback with the hookers in the hotel. And especially the shot of Andre lying on the bed afterwards...
  • Failing a Taxi: Andre tries to invoke this by saying "Black man trying to catch a cab in New York City!" As soon as he holds out his arm, a taxi stops.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: DMX attempts "Smile" in an effort to diversify his musical career.
  • Informed Ability: Andre Allen's comedic skills for much of the movie. Eventually averted when he gets on the stage in the small comedy club and does some stand-up.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Andre Allen seems to be a mash up between Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock himself if both of them were former alcoholics.
  • Nostalgia Filter: The underlying theme of the film; everybody's "Top Five" puts a positive spin on the past.
  • Off the Wagon: Both Andre and Chelsea flirt with returning to drink.
  • Pretty in Mink: Erica wears a white fox fur vest when filming a scene for her show.
  • Tom Hanks Syndrome: Andre is trying In-Universe to turn his career into taking on dramatic roles.
  • White-Dwarf Starlet: Erica is worried this will happen to her if her relationship with Andre doesn't work out.