Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You

2018, R, 105 min. Directed by Boots Riley. Voices by Patton Oswalt, David Cross. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover.

REVIEWED By Josh Kupecki, Fri., July 6, 2018

A cursory search for recent film reviews utilizing the word “audacious” yields results ranging from what you would expect (Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! comes up a lot), to the routine hyperbole slathered on studio tentpoles (Avengers: Infinity War was created in a highly overseen lab, people). But for something that wears that word well, and is truly deserving of it, look no further than Sorry to Bother You, the debut film from hip-hop artist-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley. I’ll pull out another old chestnut, the “singular experience,” but in this case, it is completely apt.

Supposedly set in an alternative world much like our own (I feel like we should just retire the word “dystopian” and call it a day), the film concerns one Cassius Green (Atlanta’s Stanfield), living in his uncle’s garage with his subversive girlfriend Detroit (Thompson, consistently stunning), and unemployed. When his friend hips him to a telemarketing gig, the title of the film becomes apparent as the scenes of his calls to annoyed recipients are hilariously depicted as he literally drops into their home. It is merely the first of a phantasmagorical array of inventiveness and cinematic shenanigans that Riley concocts. After getting some sage advice from old-schooler Danny Glover, Cassius perfects his “white voice” (David Cross, of course) and climbs up the ladder (or gold elevator) to the upper echelon of selling slave labor to foreign countries. That’s the business of Steve Lift (Hammer), a mogul whose Google-esque company offers lifetime contracts and prison housing for shiny happy people looking to improve their lives.

If that sounds odd, it is only the beginning. Riley’s film is a welcome hand grenade of subversive power that often reminded me of another incendiary film, Terry Gilliam’s classic Brazil. And much like that 1985 gem, Sorry to Bother You’s cup spilleth over with so much content at any given time, it has the effect akin to accidentally being dosed with PCP while having a meeting with a corporate empathy expert (a real thing, FYI). The film takes on a bit more than it can chew, but its humor, its commentary, its continuous and relentless spiral into madness is grounded by Stanfield’s laconic shuffle and Thompson’s fierce defiance. This film is by no means perfect, but it is the closest you will come to having your mind blown this summer. Audacious doesn’t even begin to describe it

Showtimes

Sat., July 21

11:00am, 1:55, 4:50, 7:20, 10:25

Sun., July 22

11:05am, 2:00, 4:20, 7:15, 10:25

Mon., July 23

1:55, 4:50, 7:45, 10:10

Tue., July 24

3:05, 6:00, 10:00
AFA 12:10

Wed., July 25

1:25, 5:00, 6:30, 10:50

Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills

9828 Great Hills Trail, 512/231-9742

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 12:40, 3:30, 7:00, 9:50

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:10, 3:10, 6:10, 9:00

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:10, 6:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:10, 3:10, 6:10

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:10, 6:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:10, 3:10, 6:10

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 12:10, 3:10, 6:10
CC/DVS, recliners, reserved seating 12:10, 3:10, 6:10

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Sat., July 21

digital 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Sun., July 22

digital 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Mon., July 23

digital 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Tue., July 24

digital 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Wed., July 25

digital 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25
digital, luxury lounger 11:00am, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Sat., July 21

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55

Sun., July 22

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55

Mon., July 23

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55

Tue., July 24

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55

Wed., July 25

digital 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55
digital, luxury lounger 11:40am, 2:30, 5:20, 8:05, 10:55

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Sun., July 22

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Mon., July 23

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Tue., July 24

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Wed., July 25

digital 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10
digital, luxury lounger 11:25am, 2:05, 4:45, 7:30, 10:10

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Sat., July 21

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Sun., July 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Mon., July 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., July 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., July 25

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Thu., July 26

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Violet Crown Cinema

434 W. Second, 512/495-9600, www.violetcrowncinema.com

Four-hour parking validation in attached garage with ticket purchase. Reserved seating; bar and cafe on-site.

Sat., July 21

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Sun., July 22

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Mon., July 23

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Tue., July 24

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Wed., July 25

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

Thu., July 26

12:00, 2:15, 5:30, 7:15, 10:10

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KEYWORDS FOR THIS FILM

Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley, Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, Danny Glover

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