Sorry to Bother You 0.0 stars

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The whitespeak-from-black-lips and coitus-interruptus garage door gags having been tipped in the trailer, precious little is left to laugh at in this edition of amateur night at the multiplex. Telemarketers as targets from which satire flows eternal were spigotted about the same time as mall cops, and that’s not all this jammed-scattergun approach to comedy has in common with the terminally incoherent Paul Blart. It helps, when making a satire, for the filmmakers to clearly define and develop the subject to be ridiculed. But the majority of what we’re told about the futuristic, government-run Worry Free Living slave labor program comes from a television commercial. In an attempt to say something important about the human condition, rapper-turned-director Boots Riley spends most of the time landing face-first on the canvas. Lakeith Stanfield plays the part with all the apprehension of a pup caught scarfing dinner from off the table. His time in the star’s circle will soon come. Your time would be better spent downloading Putney Swope. 2018.

Scott Marks

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Comments

rjt678 July 13, 2018 @ 11:03 p.m.

I can tell a racist wrote this review.

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SalULloyd July 17, 2018 @ 9:49 a.m.

Rjt678, I've met Mr. Marks and I've heard him speak as well. You couldn't be more mistaken. Just because I was one out ten persons who didn't go see "Black Panther," doesn't make ME a racist by any means. i simply had no interest in it. Your comment is knee-jerk and emotional.

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Glorious July 16, 2018 @ 5:40 p.m.

Can you elaborate on what you didn’t like? “It helps, when making a satire, for the filmmakers to clearly define and develop the subject to be ridiculed.” I thought the movie pretty clearly defined/developed the subjects of wage slavery / labor exploitation, viral culture, appropriation, rags-to-riches visions of personal success as an impediment to collective actions, etc. Your next sentence doesn’t really follow: “But the majority of what we’re told about the futuristic, government-run Worry Free Living slave labor program comes from a television commercial.” We see a lot more of Worry Free and its telemarking subsidiary outside of one commercial (and by the way, I don’t think it’s “government-run,” so that just seems like an error on your part). What else does the movie have in common with Paul Blart, as you claim but don’t explain? What does it mean to land face-first on the canvas—it’s not clear what your critique is. Are you saying it’s too slapstick? That’s odd, because that didn’t seem like a major part of the humor, and there was a lot more going on. What didn’t you like about the lead’s acting? Shouldn’t he act apprehensive in that role? This seems like a lazy review.

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MissingNo Aug. 23, 2018 @ 1:41 p.m.

Good Lighting. Good cast. Bad acting. Bad script.Bad direction. I left with 10 minutes to go because it was so very bad. If it was a student film I'd say good job. But it wasn't. You can't play with the big boys riding the coattails of "Get out" and not expect to be judged on quality. You can only put so much makeup on a pig and not get called on it. Horrible husk of a movie.

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MissingNo Aug. 23, 2018 @ 2:01 p.m.

He lead was just bad, he was blown out of the water by every actor he shares the screen with in this movie. He was not even believable as a human being. Most of the dialogue in this movie felt like bad ad-lib. The lighting was good. It could have been written by a grade schooler it didn't say anything special or interesting at all. Don't treat your audience as if they are morons is my best advice for this piece of dung. And never "Bother" me again with a half assed effort that spent money that a good indie could have gotten produced with.

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SalULloyd July 17, 2018 @ 9:50 a.m.

"Putney Swope" not that good, actually.

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MovieDuder July 23, 2018 @ 8:57 a.m.

"about the futuristic, government-run Worry Free Living"

You watched that movie and thought the camp was Government run and not about private business?

"clearly define and develop the subject to be ridiculed."

You watched a 90min movie written by a communist and couldn't figure out that capitalism was the subject of derision.

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