Inspired by Telemarketing, "SORRY TO BOTHER YOU" Makes Waves About Oakland

Inspired by Telemarketing, "SORRY TO BOTHER YOU" Makes Waves About Oakland

If you've ever been on the receiving end of telemarketing (god forbid you're on the giving end), the beginning phrase "sorry to bother you" sends tremors down any person's spine.

And for those looking for a movie plot summary, the movie is best described as an alternate present-day version of Oakland. The protagonist black telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success—which propels him into a macabre universe. Written and directed by Boots Riley, the new director describes Oakland as this young, creative fire that informs cultural choices on a larger spectrum.

The movie stars: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Patton Oswalt, Steven Yeun, Terry Crews, David Cross, Danny Glover, and more—a serious fire cast of characters. The story drives a man's will to get a job, make money, and to lead the extravagant life. The films takes a dark turn when Cassius falls into a pit of greed and lust.

But we love the fact that Oakland and the will to make it in a city filled with such urban iconoclasm takes priority.

// Watch the trailers and character studies below;

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