(2018) (Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy/Satire: A young man moves up the corporate ladder of a telemarketing firm but finds his rapid advance and resultant riches in conflict with his values and those of his girlfriend and coworkers.
- In something of an alternate universe version of Oakland, Cassius Green (LAKEITH STANFIELD) is a young man just trying to make ends meet. He lives in his uncle Sergio's (TERRY CREWS) garage with his girlfriend, Detroit (TESSA THOMPSON), an artist who makes a living spinning store signs on street corners. Cassius has just managed to land a telemarketing job with his friend Salvador (JERMAINE FOWLER) when he learns a significant trick of the trade from Langston (DANNY GLOVER), a seasoned telemarketer.
And that's to speak in his "white voice" when making cold calls. While coworker Squeeze (STEVEN YEUN) is trying to unionize their office, Cassius suddenly excels at making sales using that vocal tactic. So much so that he's promoted upstairs to the power caller suite where his boss, Mr. ____ (OMARI HARDWICK) -- his name is bleeped out whenever it's said in the film -- hooks him up with Steve Lift (ARMIE HAMMER). He's the CEO of Worry Free, a company that provides its workers with housing and three meals a day, but is accused by the activist group Left Eye of being little more than a program of forced slavery.
When Cassius discovers what they're really up to -- in terms of clients and creating a new breed of compliant workers -- he finds himself torn between his new luxurious lifestyle and where his girlfriend, friends and former coworkers still are.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might, especially if they're into social activism and/or satire about the working class divide.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use.
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