The rapper Boots Riley‘s first feature film is full of promises, and reinforces Lakeith Stanfield as a great performer. Sorry to Bother You is a loud and rambunctious comedy that isn’t afraid of braking a rule or two. It’s as politically conscience as it is silly and amusing.
Stanfield plays Cassius Green who lands a job at a telemarking company but is struggling to make sales. That is until a co-worker (Danny Glover) tells him use his ‘white voice’. All of a sudden, Stanfield is killing it in the office using his fake voice (David Cross). He and his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) who plays a quirky artist can finally move out of his uncles (Terry Crews) garage. But he soon realises as he rises up the ranks that he works for WorryFree. The company are in the businesses of slave labor disguised as lifestyle living and their CEO Steve Lift (Armie Hammer) who’s a cocaine-snorting sociopath that throws extravagant parties that end up in drug-fulled orgies.
But then Riley shifts the tone again as we delve into a world of gene manipulation. Humans turning into horses, check. This surreal debut will definitely provide release for young people working unsatisfying jobs. However, the jokes are sometimes overdone and some parts could have been cut down. The best quality of this film is its wild nature that quite often crosses new boundaries and it’s something that will surely boost Riley’s visions onto bigger project in the future.