June 2, 2023

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Geek Review: Sorry To Bother You

A young African American man goes to work for a telemarketer and finds his calling in this allegorical comedy.

A comedy about telemarketers that comments on race and labor relations?

Sure, why not?  That’s what Sorry to Bother You ultimately is.

Cassius “Cash” Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is unemployed, living with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) in his uncle’s garage.  More or less as broke as a man can get, Cash gets a job at a telemarketing firm, and once he takes some advice from an old timer (Danny Glover) on using his “white voice” (dubbed by David Cross), he finds his sales going through the roof.  That leads to greater success and…that’s as much as the trailer told me, and saying anything else would, well, ruin far too much about this really unique movie.

Written and directed by Boots Riley, I haven’t the slightest idea how to classify Sorry to Bother You beyond a comedy.  My best guess would be to call it a satirical allegory with a voice of its own.  It’s not a subtle movie, but maybe it doesn’t need to be.  9 out of 10 VIP room disappointments.

Oh, stay through the credits for this one.  There are some surprises listed in the cast.

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