Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

Boots Riley (2018)

15 Certificate


Our Score
An absurdist gagfest set in a parallel universe, making social observations about racial disparity and blue collar struggle may look like a hard sell on paper, but first-time director Boots Riley has fashioned an intriguing film with a message as well as mirth. Lakeith Stanfield stars as a young black man persuaded to adopt a "white" voice while working at a call centre, and soon finds himself as the figurehead of a radical group facing off to big business. The premise escalates into outlandish fantasy that occasionally risks losing sight of its intentions, but Stanfield's bumbling charm, along with spirited support from Danny Glover, Terry Crews and Jermaine Fowler, helps maintain a disciplined narrative. It may sag a little in its final third, but it's still one of the most original comedies in years.


In an alternate version of present-day Oakland, California, impoverished African American telemarketer Cassius Green finds himself in a bizarre universe after he discovers a magical key that leads to material glory. Boots Riley's comedy, starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Danny Glover.

Cast & Crew

Cassius Green LaKeith Stanfield
Detroit Tessa Thompson
Salvador Jermaine Fowler
Mr Blank Omari Hardwick
Sergio Terry Crews
Diana DeBauchery Kate Berlant
Johnny Michael X Sommers
Langston Danny Glover
Squeeze Steven Yeun
Steve Lift Armie Hammer
Cassius's white voice David Cross (2)
Detroit's white British voice Lily James
Mr Blank's white voice Patton Oswalt
First Equisapien / Demarius Forest Whitaker
Voice in elevator Rosario Dawson
Director Boots Riley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 7 Dec 2018