Sorry to Bother You

Please Note: This film is no longer showing at Railroad Square Cinema

When the history of this terrible moment in American life is written, I suspect the surreal and deeply radical indie film “Sorry to Bother You” will be a major cultural marker, like “Easy Rider” in 1969 or “Slacker” in 1990.” —Michelle Goldberg, New York Times

Here’s perhaps THE film for this moment: “Boots Riley’s first feature is a scintillating comedic outburst of political imagination and visionary fury. It’s the story of a young and unemployed Oakland man named Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield), who lives with his girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a boldly original artist, in his uncle’s garage. Cassius takes a job as a telemarketer for a sleazy local company, where he earns little money until his mentor (Danny Glover) encourages him to make calls in his “white voice.” Suddenly successful, Cassius is promoted to a lucrative job—selling C.E.O.s contracts with a new firm that guarantees employees barracks-like housing in exchange for lifelong servitude. Riley pushes even further into the realm of social-science fiction, introducing Cassius to a nefarious tech mogul (Armie Hammer), whose casual racism conceals a grand scheme of grotesque evil. With subplots involving grassroots activism, artistic provocations, and media manipulations, Riley dramatizes outrageously complex machinations of predatory greed and depraved misrule—and offers a passionate, joyous vision of resistance”    —Richard Brody, The New Yorker. R. 105 Min.