Sorry to Bother You (2018)

# 14975 IMDb R 

Sorry to Bother You (2018

Director: Boots Riley

Stars: Forest Whitaker, Danny Glover, Rosario Dawson, Steven Yeun, David Cross

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi (1h 51min)


Rated 7.0 after 34,031 votes, 80% postive reviews on 20-Feb-19.

15 wins & 38 nominations


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.


Boots Riley (director) Lakeith Stanfield Tessa Thompson Jermaine Fowler Omari Hardwick Terry Crews Kate Berlant

Lakeith Stanfield (Cassius Green), 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), Rosario Dawson (Voice in Elevator (voice)), Shelley Mitchell (Mrs. Costello), Jerry Mcdaniel Jr. (Man Eating Dinner), Indigo Jackson (Cynthia Rose / Neanderthal Woman), Eric Jacobus (Blackwater Commander), Elaine A. Clark (Game Show Host (as Elaine Clark)), Mistah F.A.B. (Car Passenger (as Mistah Fab)), Val Garrahan (Woman on Couch (as Valerie Garrahan)), Chad Briggs (Billboard Worker), Ken Baggott (TV News Reporter (as Kenneth Baggott)), David Fine (Street Preacher), Damion Gallegos (Jim Ellman), Michael Rhys Kan (Mr. Son), Molly Brady (Entertainment News Host), Nato Green (Man in Crowd), W. Kamau Bell (Other Man in Crowd), Safiya Fredericks (Colette), Sara Buskirk (WorryFree Commercial Voice (voice)), Terel Gibson (NTV Spots Announcer), Lyrics Born (Game Show Contestant), Gabby LaLa (Health Clinic Receptionist (as Gabby La La)), Thessaly Lerner (DIY Wig-Making Host), Ken Gamble (Screaming Equisapien (voice) (as Kenneth Gamble)), Keniece Ford (Left Eye Street Artist (as Keneice Ford)), Gina Madrid (Left Eye Street Artist)...


Boots Riley (written by)

Produced by

Brian Benson (co-producer), Nina Yang Bongiovi (producer), Debbie Brubaker (line producer), Michael Y. Chow (executive producer), Gus Deardoff (executive producer), Jonathan Duffy (producer), Philipp Engelhorn (executive producer), Poppy Hanks (executive producer), Caroline Kaplan (executive producer), Charles D. King (producer), Josh Rappaport (co-producer), Kim Roth (executive producer), George Rush (producer), Michael K. Shen (executive producer), Forest Whitaker (producer), Kelly Williams (producer)



I walked into this movie at an advance screening expecting something unique, but nothing could have prepared me for the sheer brilliance of this satirical masterwork. Hilarious from beginning to end while also subversive, this film joins some of the finest satires of its generation--from "South Park" to some of the best episodes of "Saturday Night Live" to "Wild Tales."

The story follows Cassius, an African-American telemarketer in Oakland. When told to use his "white voice" on the job while making calls, he quickly rises through the ranks of his profession--and ends up getting a hefty promotion. All of a sudden, things start to spiral out of control. I definitely won't give anything else away, as doing so would spoil what clearly must be experienced for oneself. The film's script is incredibly strong and is consistently hilarious. I laughed more while watching this film than any other movie in recent memory. Its dialogue is not only humorous, but incredibly frank and on-the-nose in its brutal honesty. The film's social consciousness and commentary intersect in ways that are thoughtful, snappy, and deeply rooted in (often unfortunately) a sense of genuine realism. Yet the film's image of the world is not equal to our society with microscopic precision, as its humor often tends to look at current societal issues with the mirror of a macabre fun-house.

Performances in the film are outstanding throughout, and the film is incredibly engaging throughout its run time. Free of pacing issues, it moves at a fast pace and twists and turns so unusually that one will never know what could happen next. This erratic nature is truly part of the film's genius. If such a style of narrative filmmaking was attempted to be used as a technique in almost any other film, it would fail miserably, but Boots Riley was able to commendably stay one step ahead of audiences while making them laugh profusely and question why and how our society may be in deep-seated decline. Also noteworthy is the film's soundtrack, which is a superb mix of rap and pop. The movie can often be strange, but viewers will be all the more thankful for its genuine audaciousness upon the film's conclusion.

Riley's ambitious filmmaking has a variety of possible influences (Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, Alejandro Inarritu, Charles Kaufman) yet feels wholly original--and genuinely, howlingly funny and socially relevant despite being so unconventional--from beginning to end. Very highly recommended.

Memorable quotes

Voice in Elevator: Welcome, Cassius Green. I hope you have not masturbated today. We need you sharp and ready to go.

19 total 


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. He recommended his Atlanta co-star LaKeith Stanfield for the role instead.

11 total 


15 wins & 38 nominations 
African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) • Austin Film Critics Association • Black Film Critics Circle Awards • Black Reel Awards • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards • Central Ohio Film Critics Association • Chicago Film Critics Association Awards • Cork International Film Festival • CPH PIX • Denver Film Critics Society • Detroit Film Critics Society, US • Directors Guild of America, USA • Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards • Film Independent Spirit Awards • Florida Film Critics Circle Awards • Golden Schmoes Awards • Golden Trailer Awards • Gotham Awards • Humanitas Prize • Indiana Film Journalists Association, US • Indiewire Critics' Poll • International Cinephile Society Awards • Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards • Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards • Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Awards • National Board of Review, USA • North Carolina Film Critics Association • Online Film & Television Association • Online Film Critics Society Awards • Philadelphia Film Critics Circle Awards • Phoenix Critics Circle • St. Louis Film Critics Association, US • Sundance Film Festival • Toronto Film Critics Association Awards

Other titles

Простите за беспокойство (Russia)



Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use


Canada:14A / Canada:18A / Sweden:11 / United States:R



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