Sorry to Bother You
A telemarketer discovers the key to success.
“This is the fearless satire that America desperately needs right now,” said J.R. Kinnard in The Seattle Times. Hip-hop artist Boots Riley, making his debut as a filmmaker, has imagined an alternate reality in which a young black man from Oakland can get rich as a telemarketer, provided he can affect a convincing “white voice,” but this hero’s trip up the corporate ladder also reveals that those at the top are busy luring the world’s complacent masses into a new form of slavery. Don’t worry about the film being preachy, though: “It starts weird and ends with an all-out descent into madness.” While Lakeith Stanfield of TV’s Atlanta is superb as the lead, Tessa Thompson is “simply magnetic” as his artist-activist girlfriend, said Brian Truitt in USA Today. When Arnie Hammer arrives as a coked-out, comically evil Silicon Valley CEO, it’s clear Sorry to Bother You ranks as “the nuttiest socially relevant movie of the summer.” Its shocking final twist “lands flatly,” but it’s hard not to appreciate Riley’s willingness to take such risks, said David Sims in TheAtlantic.com. “As an unsubtle work for an unsubtle era, Sorry to Bother You deserves to be one of the season’s cult hits.”
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