Review: Sorry To Bother You

Did I catch you at a bad time?

Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is hard up for money and starts a new job as a telemarketer. Alongside his girlfriend Detroit, (Tessa Thompson) his friend Salvador (Jermaine Fowler) and their coworker Squeeze (Steven Yeun) they attempt to make a stand for more pay, but Cassius learns the secret of being a good salesman and ends up rising to heights he never thought possible.

This review is going to be spoiler free. The less you know before going into this, the better. I will say that it is an absolutely batshit ride. 

This movie landed on my radar long ago because of Steven Yeun, now that he's free from the dumpster fire that The Walking Dead has become. Back then, I wasn't really sure what this film was going to be about. This is one of the most original films I've seen all year. It's a comedy, social commentary and horror movie all put in one. Part of it almost plays like an episode of South Park. 

Stanfield is a wonderful lead. I liked that even though Cassius goes against his friends' wishes at various points throughout the film, there wasn't a dramatic fight or over the top tension like some films would tend to go. Everything is very mellow. The cast has wonderful chemistry together. There's plenty of things in here that anyone who has ever worked in a call center would appreciate. This film is also extraordinary in that I didn't think Armie Hammer was terrible. I'm not sure that's ever happened before. 

I wish I could say more about the plot, but you really need to see this. 

Recommended: Yes

Grade: A-

Memorable quote: "Fuck you, pay me!" - Salvador (Jermaine Fowler)

12 comments:

  1. I WANT TO SEE THIS SO BAD!!!!

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  2. It has been fascinating reading the reviews of this movie. Most are positive, but some mention how crazy things get. You do worry me a bit with the South Park comparison. As someone who kinda hates SP...gulp.

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    1. I compare it to South Park in that there's a part in here that's so off the wall that I would expect to see something like that on SP. It's a good thing. I hope you like it!

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  3. I've been thinking about seeing it as it's been playing at my local multiplex but the timing hasn't been kind to me lately.

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    1. I hate when that happens. This is definitely worth a viewing at the theater though. I hope you find the time to see it.

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  4. Yeah, this took me by surprise and I loved that it could do that. Very unusual. And I'm glad they've kept the marketing vague (so many trailers give everything away!) - this is the kind of weird you just have to experience for yourself.

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  5. OMG you are so dead on at the South Park comparison I can't believe I didn't think of it!

    I was totally blown away by this. It just goes to places that I never would have expected, and that are so off-the-wall batshit insane. I loved it. Wish more movies had the balls that this one has.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, this film took a lot of risks and they paid off. I love that.

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  6. This looks like this year's get Out :)

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    1. You NEED to see this and don't read spoilers.

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