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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

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Boots Riley

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'Sorry to Bother You,' But Let’s Talk About Awful Jobs

Lakeith Stanfield and the Sorry to Bother You crew reveal the highs and lows of following your dreams, the awkwardness of sex scenes, and their most soul-crushing jobs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
LaKeith Stanfield ... Cassius Green (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Tessa Thompson ... Detroit
Jermaine Fowler ... Salvador
Omari Hardwick ... Mr. _______
Terry Crews ... Sergio
Kate Berlant ... Diana DeBauchery
Michael X. Sommers ... Johnny
Danny Glover ... Langston
Steven Yeun ... Squeeze
Armie Hammer ... Steve Lift
Robert Longstreet ... Anderson
David Cross ... Cassius's White Voice (voice)
Patton Oswalt ... Mr. _______'s White Voice (voice)
Lily James ... Detroit's White British Voice (voice)
Forest Whitaker ... First Equisapien / Demarius
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Storyline

In an alternate version of Oakland, Cassius Green gets a telemarketing job and finds the commission paid job a dispiriting struggle as a black man selling to predominately white people over the phone. That changes when a veteran advises him to use his "white voice," and the attitude behind it to make himself more appealing to customers. With a bizarrely high-pitched accent, Cassius becomes a success even as his colleagues form a union to improve their miserable jobs. Regardless, Cassius finds himself promoted a "Power Caller" selling the most morally abhorrent but lucrative products and services as his connection to his girlfriend and colleagues fades away. However, Cassius' conscience arises anew as he finds himself in the midst of his boss' bizarre world of condescending bigoted decadence and his sinister plans to create the perfect subservient work force with Cassius' help. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sorry to Bother You See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$727,266, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$17,493,096

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,170,707
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Donald Glover originally planned to play the lead role of Cassius Green, but was unable to do so due to scheduling conflicts with Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018). He recommended his Atlanta co-star LaKeith Stanfield for the role instead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Anderson: So it says here that you were manager of the Rusty Scupper restaurant for five years. And then a bank teller at Bank of Oakland between 2014 to 2016. Oh, and you were employee of the month! What's that trophy in the bag there?
Cassius Green: Oh, Oakland High moot court champion. I'm a salesman at heart.
Anderson: *That* is intriguing. Mainly because I was the branch manager at the Bank of Oakland between 2014 and 2016, and you, Mr. Green, you never fucking worked there.
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Referenced in Ride with Norman Reedus: Bay Area with Steven Yeun (2019) See more »

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We Ready
Written by Boots Riley and Damion Gallegos
Performed by The Coup
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Not everybody's cuppa
2 September 2018 | by rk6314See all my reviews

Wow, there are a lot of people who don't like this movie, and moreover, seem to mad that others like it. Some samples:

"I think people who are giving it high praise believe that's just what their supposed to do but the fact is it's just a dumpster fire of a movie."

" I RARELY write movie reviews but had to inform people of the facts on this one."

"The positive reviews are from movie snobs who think they are smarter than everyone else and recognize brilliance in pure garbage."

You get the point. It's almost like we're all supposed to like all the same things now. (In fairness, there were plenty of other reviewers who didn't like it, but said they're glad others enjoyed it.

I'm not a movie snob. I'm not a film executive and I have nothing to do with the film except I paid 6 bucks to see it last Tuesday. This is a very surreal satire. It won't be to everyone's liking, but it seems to me that we are getting more and more confused about the difference between fact and opinion. It's not a fact that this movie sucks, any more than it's a fact that this movie is great. These are classically opinions.

Me, I like movies that start sort of pseudo-normal and go into bizarre. This is right up my alley. It's a Repo Man for our generation. Genetic engineering, dead end call center jobs, megalomaniacal Bay Area billionaires trying to save the world, race relations and post-postmodern art commentary. It's all painted in a crazy, bigger-than-life science fiction brush. Yeah, it's weird as hell, and maybe ends a little weakly (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, anyone?) but has a method in its madness.

If you don't like absurdist humor, or if you don't like movies that are at least semi-overt political statements (especially if the political statement is opposed to yours. Anti-union, pro-business capitalists with short fuses be warned! You should give it a miss and just read the National Review's Ross Douthat's review. He saved you a lot of time worrying your beautiful mind about it.), and if you don't like a dollop of science fiction every now and then, yeah, you're going to probably hate it.

But your opinion is still not fact. I liked it. That's my OPINION. Get over it.


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