Sorry to Bother You: MARVELOUSLY FREAKY

Hip-hop musician Boots Riley makes his screenwriting and directing debut with 2018’s “Sorry to Bother You.” …

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Hip-hop musician Boots Riley makes his screenwriting and directing debut with 2018’s “Sorry to Bother You.” To describe this film with all synonyms in the English language for the word “bizarre” would not even do it justice. “Sorry to Bother You” is peculiar, quirky, outlandish, ridiculous, and satirical, yet socially-convicting, fleshed out, existential, and richly-themed.

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In a near-future Oakland, California, modern-day slavery and supposed indentured servitude has made a return, with the poor and outcast promised food, shelter, and other basic necessities, in exchange for an unfair balance of work and labor. The whole of society is strikingly lopsided, with racism, discrimination, and inequality notably prominent.

The narrative follows depressed, dispirited Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), and his spunky, enthusiastic girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), as they work to find meaning and success in a dreary world of alienation and oppression. Stanfield and Thompson blend seamlessly into their respective roles, backed up…

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