Rent Sorry to Bother You (2018)

3.2 of 5 from 603 ratings
1h 47min
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In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, California, telemarketer Cassius Green (LaKeith Stanfield), finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organise a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams.
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Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams
Voiced By:
David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Ken Gamble
Boots Riley
Universal Pictures
Comedy, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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107 minutes
English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1
Arabic, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French, Hindi, Portuguese
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
  • Featurette with Director Boots Riley
  • Commentary with Director Boots Riley
  • Photo Gallery
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Run Time:
109 minutes

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Reviews (10) of Sorry to Bother You

Never finished it. - Sorry to Bother You review by NC

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Could not see the point really. Not sufficiently clever or original to warrant the electricity, so never got past half hour..............

3 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Original and then some. - Sorry to Bother You review by RP

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Like a lot of films these days, the best way to watch this film is to not know anything about it. You will either turn this film off at various points or, you will keep going hoping for more originality and being pleasently surprised.

What I will say about the film is: this is a low budget film. Some of the editing especially felt like it was a student's film, who has tried to include all of their footage because they worked hard to get those scenes filmed. Thus, the film drags in places, BUT! As soon as I felt it was dragging something new and exciting would happen so I stuck with it and I'm glad I did!

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Clever satirical comedy - Sorry to Bother You review by PC

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Probably best not to give too much away with regards the story and the many twists, some very weird, but this is a highly original film with much to say about the world we live in. The acting is first rate and some of the artistic flourishes are wonderfully do e on a low budget. If you liked Brazil then this is the film for you, has a Terry Giliam feel to it and I cannot give it a bigger compliment.

3 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

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Sorry to Bother You review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

In a movie year of so many surprising and twisty plots, Sorry To Bother You takes the cake as the bluntest, most satirical, and hilariously powerful comedy that makes a statement while weaving a wild tale. To even speak of its story is to nearly ruin the odd rollercoaster this cult commentary concocts. In time, I wouldn’t be surprised if it ranks among the likes of Soylent Green as one of those films you shouldn’t tell anyone about seeing if you plan on viewing. It’s really that much of a treat to avoid spoiling.

Trying to keep this review spoiler-free is a challenge but I’ll give it a go since it really is a film worth talking about and seeing more than once. Lakeith Stanfield plays Cassius Green, a down-on-his-luck black guy struggling to make a buck. He’s recently landed a job at a telemarketing firm in which the recruiter admits the requirements for the job are extremely low. But if you can sell over the phone, you can make a lot of money. The secret, according to his co-worker played Danny Glover, is to use the special “white voice.” It seems to be a power all black people possess in this world as a mere manipulation of standards and cadence causes him to sound exactly like David Cross. He’ll go far with that voice but doesn’t realize just how far it’ll take him into the darker spots of the upscale life.

As the directorial debut of rapper Boots Riley, his film is perhaps one of the boldest when it comes to the effects of warped capitalism. This aspect comes in the most blatant forms of satire with the slave-labor camps of a factory offering housing and work, as well as a game show where contestants are literally beaten up for money and entertaining a bloodthirsty audience. Things get even crazier when Cassius goes deeper into the world of the elite, revealing a business plan weird enough to be worthy of the likes of They Live. It goes overboard with the odd to makes its points loud and clear while still presenting strange and entertaining tale.

A lot of films that set ambitions high with these alternative and allegorical futures always tend to veer too far off course, but Riley’s film always seems very much on point, never getting lost in all the craziness that mounts higher around Cassius’ rise to the top of the golden ladder. There’s a lot of little stuff the film never dwells too long upon, from Cassius’ girlfriend’s (Tessa Thompson) symbolic earrings that change with every scene to the imagery of Cassius entering the homes of the people he speaks with. The visuals are never made fully clear if they’re inside his head or happening in reality, made all the more confounding by a forehead injury he receives halfway through the film that refuses to heal. And I absolutely adore how unapologetic the film is with these scenes, never fully revealing the true nature.

It’s no surprise that a story as telling and fascinating as this one came from a personal place for Boots Riley and his time as a telemarketer, becoming accustomed to the power rankings of a company, the temptation of wealth, and loss of self at the cost of freedom. It’s a film that has just right amount bluntness and subtlety presented as subject to many rounds of dissection with its numerous and telling details. It’s not an easy film to watch or digest, for more reasons than one but touches upon something profound in its colorfully vivid atmosphere of a world gone mad for wealth and status. I can only offer my strongest of recommendations to see the film without revealing its true twist that is designed to be equal parts allegorical, shocking, hilarious, and horrid. Thank or hate me later.

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