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Sorry to Bother You Is a Brilliant Black Comedy About Race, Labor, and Magic

Posted On: Jun 29, 2018   |   Posted By: The New Republic

Cassius Green goes by Cash. “Is Cash Green?” he jokes to his girlfriend Detroit , in an “Is the Pope Catholic” kind of way. “Yes it is,” she replies, and they kiss. Money and its inflection through race-Cash himself is not green-is at the center of Sorry To Bother You, a madly inventive dystopian comedy from the musician Boots Riley. Green starts the movie totally broke, living in the garage of an uncle who is himself facing foreclosure. He is diffident, hunched over. But when he gets a job at a telemarketing company called RegalView, his prospects start to change. In the first of many magical events, Green discovers a preternatural ability to speak in a “white” voice. All his cold calls turn into business wins. His floor manager is a white man with an anarchy symbol tattooed on his neck-a former radical now indoctrinated and interested in indoctrinating others. The manager dangles the carrot of “upstairs” in front of Green. Up there, the manager explains,...

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