Sorry To Bother You
When I first saw the commercial for Sorry to Bother You I wanted to see this movie. I didn’t look up a single thing about it, I just saw Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson in what looked like rom-com and thought “wow I like these actors. This looks like it’ll be a funny movie. I had no idea what I was in store for.
Cassius “Cash” Green (Stanfield) and his Girlfriend, Detroit (Thompson) are your average couple with some financial troubles. Well to be exact Cash is the one with financial issues and spends the beginning of the movie in search of employment so he can get back on his feet and out of his uncle Sergios (Terry Crews) garage. Very soon Cash finds himself employed with a telemarketing company called RegalView where the dream is to be such a great seller that you get moved “upstairs” to the ‘power caller’ floor.
Although he has a few setbacks on his first few calls he learns from another worker, Langston (Danny Glover) how to tap into his “white voice” (David Cross) to sell products. Meanwhile, Cash’s girl, Detroit, his friends and another coworker Squeeze (Steven Yeun) are trying to organize a union within the company when Cash gets the call that he’s moving ‘upstairs’. After moving upstairs, the movie takes a shift when we find out that the power callers are selling a form of slave labor for one of the biggest corporations in the world Worryfree Inc.
Cash quickly become conflicted because he wants to support his friends but he’s now making more money than he ever has in his life. I don’t know about you all but I’d have to think a minute about helping a friend protest a company that’s about to give me a million-dollar payday for 1 phone call. As odd as the movie is it gets even weirder once Cash meets Steven Lift (Armie Hammer), the CEO of Worryfree and a man on the verge of starting a whole new slave trade.
Sorry to Bother You combines elements from so many movies or genres I’ve seen. Movies like Robocop where there’s a corporation bent on controlling everything while saying “we're here to help”, or employees banding together to fight against horrible working conditions a’la Norma Mae. There’s even a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in it but you’ll have to watch it to see what I mean. Boots Riley writes and directs a fantastic dystopian dark comedy that is sure to blow your mind.