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Sorry To Bother You

This screening took place on
Monday, October 1, 2018 at 8:00pm
Yukon Arts Centre

Move over Jordan Peele, here comes Boots Riley's fantastic comedy satire on race, labour and capitalism in America. In an alternate reality of present-day Oakland, Calif., telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a macabre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. As Green's career begins to take off, his friends and co-workers organize a protest against corporate oppression. Cassius soon falls under the spell of Steve Lift, a cocaine-snorting CEO who offers him a salary beyond his wildest dreams. "Early on in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You, wet-behind-the-ears telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is smarting from yet another person hanging up on him. His co-worker Langston (Danny Glover) gives him a much-needed tip: success in this game requires him to ditch his natural tone and start speaking in a “white voice” (“I’m not talking about Will Smith white,” he says). Suddenly, people stop slamming their phones down and start listening. His sales increase. Then they skyrocket. Cassius’s “white voice” (dubbed by Arrested Development’s David Cross) gets him promoted up and up until he is elevated to a “power caller”, an exclusive broker to the wealthiest 1%." - Grant Pardee, The Guardian Mature content warning: Parents need to know that Sorry to Bother You is a very mature satirical comedy with unreal elements. It includes disturbing imagery, as well as fantasy-type violence and a bloody head wound. There's graphic nudity (both male and female) and explicit sexual situations. Language is extremely strong and pervasive. Characters drink socially (sometimes too much), as well as smoke pot and use cocaine. It's rebellious, funny, and full of ideas. From commonsensemedia.org
  • Directed by Boots Riley
  • 2018, USA
  • 110 minutes
  • Parental Guidance Advised

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