Creative depletion. Hunger for respect. A desperate craving for approval.

Sounds like all the hallmarks of a light, frothy Chris Rock comedy, no?

Actually, not remotely, and that’s entirely by design. Rock wrote, directed and stars in Top Five (opens Friday), about a comedian who emerges from rehab famous mostly for brainless comedies about Hammy the Bear and tries to be taken seriously.

“I just wanted to make a movie with a different tone than anything I’d made before. I wanted to make a movie that felt honest,” says Rock,who stars as Andre Allen. “I wanted to make a movie that wasn’t a poster, that was kind of quiet.”

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