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Sorry To Bother You (2018)
Posted: Posted October 31st, 2018 by Fox Forever

*Warning, may be potential small spoilers (or starting spoilers as I'll call it). No big spoilers in here. If you want to see this movie majorly, I suggest you don't read this and go into the movie absolutely blind*

So yesterday this movie that I wanted to see but never had time to was released on Redbox.

This film has our protagonist Cassius "Cash" Green attempting to find a job to get some money. He lives in somewhat squalor as evidenced by his living situation, multi-colored car, and literally paying for 40 cents worth of gasoline. At first glance this seems like a pretty regular comedy movie of a man who has potential to hit it big. I definitely thought it was (it was marketed as so).

The marketing of the movie is...quite dishonest but probably in a good way. It prepares you for something totally different and definitely out of the ordinary. So there's a whole news story going on in the background of this story that's slightly ominous but you know something is going to come out of it. The background story is that people basically live in this corporation's buildings as long as they can provide the labor. Apparently the pay isn't that great but the trade off is your meals and living situation. There is also controversy as apparently people are beaten or intimidated to sign the contract with the company. Basically they're doing something akin to "slave labor".

Cassius meanwhile lands a job at a telemarketing place that sells encyclopedias. While watching, of note there's many background absurdist things happening. It's there, not hidden, but it's up to you to kind of get the feel for the movie. Cassius hits bumps in the road to being a successful telemarketer. He's insecure, unsure, and only gets paid by commission. Talking to a coworker he develops a "white voice" (David Cross) to make him seem more friendly to people he's selling to. He keeps on hearing promise of being a "Power Caller" who apparently make the big bucks.

Cassius makes great strides and is a natural seller, definitely on his way to moving up. However his dedication to the other telemarketers who are forming unions tears him a bit. He wants to move up and be successful but he wants to stay loyal to the others. He starts to be torn between the decision of staying loyal to the union or personal gain.

At this point, I really don't want to say what happens for the rest of the time. I feel like it would do an incredible disservice to the film, especially it's many surprise turns. If other people have seen this, let me know what you thought.

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I don't think the advertising was dishonest. It focused primarily one depicting the general tone of the film rather than giving away much of the specifics. And thank god for that, because what is in it is...well...I really just don't want to say anything more, to be honest. This is definitely one of those movies that I tell people to not read anything about it before going into it.

Posted October 31st, 2018 by Jet Presto

I loved the film, but I also really love Boots Riley. Was unlikely I wouldn't. It's hardly a perfect film. The stuff with Tessa Thompson and Steve Yeun kind of went nowhere and felt like it was maybe left in from a previous draft of the script, for example. And for as satirical and funny as it is, it is also pretty dense, with a lot of themes packed in. There's kind of a lot of movie to the movie. But I loved it. Great soundtrack too.

Posted October 31st, 2018 by Jet Presto
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