What happens when a struggling single mother, a heart-broken plumber and 32 desperate undocumented immigrants run into each other in a Northeast Philadelphia condo complex?
"Equal and Opposite Reactions"
By Patti Liszkay
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"A Rollicking good yarn."
-R.Bruce Logan, "The Narrative Arc"
"Sorry To Bother You"
Still, it was Friday night, go-out-to-the-movies-night for cinephiles such as myself, as is Saturday night, too, and sometimes even Wednesday or Thursday night in the rare week when the local cinematic pickings happen to be good and plentiful, as they were not particularly this past week.
But before giving up and surrendering to the idea of spending Friday night going for a walk or reading a book, or scrounging through Netflix or conversing with my mate, who is, nonetheless, a good conversationalist and current on everything,
"Sorry to Bother You" is more of a...well, I don't know exactly how to describe it...maybe a brilliant, hilarious, horrifying, metaphorical, metaphysical, realistic, thought-provoking, cautionary comedy that's really only half cautionary, the other half depicting what's already happening in our country.
"Sorry to Bother You" is in truth pretty entertaining. And pretty terrifying.
Or, as Tom said walking out of the theater, "That was a really good movie. I wish I could unsee it."
The story line - or story zigzag would be more accurate - revolves (and revolves and revolves) around a young man named Cassius Green, Cash for short (one of the film's numerous metaphors), masterfully played by Lakeith Stanfield, behind whose deep, soulful eyes appears to abide all the world's travails.
"Sorry to Bother You," though engagingly funny, is without a doubt disturbing. But in our country today mayhaps it's one's civic duty to be disturbed.
Back in late summer of 2008 I saw a movie called "The Lives of Others" about the activities of the East German secret police in the 1980's before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
So go see this movie. In a least-case scenario it'll entertain you. In a best-case scenario it'll compel you to at least get out and vote.