Director: Boots Riley
Stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler

There is very little that hasn’t been said already about Boots Riley’s directorial debut, Sorry to Bother You, but the one thing that bears repeating is that you need to see it. Set in Oakland, California, the film is a surreal borderline nightmare that deals with very real themes, primarily the evils of late-stage capitalism. Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is down on his luck, living in his uncle’s garage with his girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson). When he finally lands a gig with telemarketing company RegalView, he learns to use his “white voice” to make more sales. I can’t say anything else without spoiling the entire plot, but I promise that you won’t see any of it coming.

Stanfield is phenomenal as Cassius, who struggles with the moral dilemma of rising in the ranks of RegalView while wanting to support Detroit and Squeeze (Steven Yeun) as they attempt to unionize. Also outstanding are Thompson, as socialist icon Detroit, and Armie Hammer and Kate Berlant, who fully lean into the cringeyness (that’s putting it lightly) of their characters. It’s a hilarious and harrowing commentary you have to see to believe. —Carolyn Bernucca​​​​​​​