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    I think the industry will embrace it in screenplay. It definitely is a cool kids’ movie.

    Just saw they had an Academy screening and discussion for this. I know they do it for a lotta movies but it’s nice to see this one on their radar.

    Also saw that it’s opening in 800 theatres this weekend, which is quite the bump from last week. Hope it does well again

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    I saw it today. Its third act reveal will divide. Look for this movie being a contender in original screenplay.

    That third act is going to be very divisive with general audiences most likely hating it. That’s a shame since the first act is excellent and the second act is solid before the film goes off the rails at the end. Unfortunately, I think that ending is going to doom any chances with the Academy unless critics awards and the Globes offer plenty of recognition.

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    That third act is going to be very divisive with general audiences most likely hating it. That’s a shame since the first act is excellent and the second act is solid before the film goes off the rails at the end. Unfortunately, I think that ending is going to doom any chances with the Academy unless critics awards and the Globes offer plenty of recognition.

    I disliked the twist greatly. But I did like the movie overall to see it again theatrically. It’ll need grassroots support.

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    The first half of the film features some truly great satire, albeit a bit heavy-handed. Several facets of racial dynamics in modern society are cleverly skewered, and the cast oozes charm. While Boots Riley doesn’t exactly reach the level of auteur, this is an exceedingly impressive debut, with compelling touches throughout (the changing picture of Cassius’s uncle, the ‘white voice’ dubbing, Detroit’s earrings). I was gearing up for a wallop of a third act but this took a macabre turn that didn’t really work for me. Sure, it was shocking and fit with the analogy fairly well, but it just took me completely out of the film. I don’t think it needed it to drive home its message – the forced rap did that wonderfully. With that said, there’s a lot to absorb and it’ll be a few days before I’ve fully processed all of it…another viewing is in order. Armie Hammer, Steven Yeun and Lakeith Stanfield turned in fantastic performances, and Tessa Thompson was radiant. Sorry to Bother You is sure to be a cult classic, but I doubt it’ll be an awards contender.

    Grade: B+

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    So I seem to be in the minority. I didn’t love the first half. I thought it didn’t flow very well, mostly due to direction, but once Cash gets promoted, I thought it was insanely good. I LOVED the twist. It was hilarious and I could not have seen that coming. The ending was so great. Armie Hammer was fantastic in his small role. I wish Kate Berlant had more to do, she was great. And of course Stanfield was fantastic. I want him to get a Globe nomination and I want this to get a screenplay nomination at the Oscars.

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    I do think the twist would have been received better if the first act slightly hinted at possibilities of sci-fi. Maybe it did and I missed it.

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    I saw it today. Its third act reveal will divide. Look for this movie being a contender in original screenplay.

    I think it’ll get a couple of critic wins but I don’t see the Academy going for it, might be too eccentric for them even though it’d be a deserving nominee. Plus, Annapurna will most likely give Cheney and Destroyer the bigger push here.

    Anyway, it made over 700k this past weekend in just 16 theatres! Not sure how many theatres it’ll be playing at as it goes wide this weekend but I hope it slays! Lotta buzz about it on social media so I hope people go see it.

    I think the industry will embrace it in screenplay. It definitely is a cool kids’ movie.

    This is NOT a kids’ movie. I am very confused how you could see this film and call it a kid’s movie.

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    This is NOT a kids’ movie. I am very confused how you could see this film and call it a kid’s movie.

    Cool kids is an expression meaning those who are hip.

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    I do think the twist would have been received better if the first act slightly hinted at possibilities of sci-fi. Maybe it did and I missed it.

    The movie is overly stylized and absurdist. The third act leap is a matter of personal preference.

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    This is my least favorite movie of the year so far. It seemed like it was trying to be the next Get Out but it failed catastrophically. The first act dragged and the humor fell short, during the second act I considered leaving the theater, and the third act was just poorly played. None of the characters were likable, the dialogue was horrible, and the screenwriter took every line and added a few “fucks” for good measure. All in all, this movie was a waste of my time and money, and if it gets a screenplay nom, I will be quite disappointed.

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    This is NOT a kids’ movie. I am very confused how you could see this film and call it a kid’s movie.

    Cool kids is an expression meaning those who are hip.

    Oh my god! That makes so much more sense. I know the phrase cool kids, I was just thinking that the person was saying that it was a kids’ movie that was cool. My bad.

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    Oh my god! That makes so much more sense. I know the phrase cool kids, I was just thinking that the person was saying that it was a kids’ movie that was cool. My bad.

    Because I said A cool kids’ movie instead of The cool kids’ movie — understandable confusion.

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    I get why general audiences wouldn’t love the third act, but my theater was eating up every minute of it. When the screen hit black, multiple people in my theater loudly said “what the fuck was that” and laughed until they exited the theater. I for one greatly enjoyed it and the highs were so high that even with the parts that fell flat (and there were a few) it triumphed big for me.

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    Yeah, this was a good movie that had some really interesting things to say with the Worryfree company and “using your white voice” and just general satire of corporate America and capitalism, but then it tried to become something more and by the time we get to the third act reveal, I was over it. It just comes out of nowhere and the logical explanation behind it doesn’t add up. It would be one thing if there were hints leading up to it, but it’s such a wild and unnecessary turn. It left a really sour taste in my mouth as the film was over. I was one of those above mentioned guys who left the theater laughing because I couldn’t believe what I saw. I am really looking for a logical explanation to give context to that twist.

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    Is there ever a logical explanation in absurdism?

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    This is my least favorite movie of the year so far. It seemed like it was trying to be the next Get Out but it failed catastrophically. The first act dragged and the humor fell short, during the second act I considered leaving the theater, and the third act was just poorly played. None of the characters were likable, the dialogue was horrible, and the screenwriter took every line and added a few “fucks” for good measure. All in all, this movie was a waste of my time and money, and if it gets a screenplay nom, I will be quite disappointed.

    *slow clap* Couldn’t agree more, thank you for stating what I feel to be obvious!

    Am I the only one on the face of the Earth who HATED Sorry To Bother You, thinks its themes and messages and even the storylines of its characters were an absolute mess, and that it maybe would be a really deserving write-in nominee for Worst Screenplay?!

    If so, then so be it. I’m completely used to being in the minority before by this point when it comes to having a very unpopular opinion on art. I could spoil the hell out of that goddamn thing, but I want others to see it with no spoilers at all like I did, so that they can judge for themselves. Just WTF?!!?!?!

    Whether or not I choose this as a write-in nominee largely depends on what other options there already are included for Worst Screenplay. I don’t think this movie deserves any other Razzie consideration, the directing was cool at times, even the performances didn’t have any weak links (Tessa Thompson was actually kind of bad at times but I think that was just the material she was given), and I’m pretty sure there are more notorious priorities for Worst Picture. That script though… I swear Boots Riley isn’t even a sincere social justice activist, his whole life has been one big troll, and that this movie is the cherry on the top of his secret left-wing extremist SJW-parody (I know “SJW” largely is a BS term invented by haters but it does serve a purpose here) fantasy, made for no other purpose than to profit off people wanting to look cool and woke in this increasingly anti-capitalist American era.

    Oh, and my subjectivity set aside, no way in the world will this movie get a single Oscar nomination, especially not for Original Screenplay. I cannot buy for a second that even in the world that would see more genre films like Get Out and The Shape of Water win major Oscars, that a film this freaking convoluted, muddled, over-stuffed, and lacking in any kind of coherency can get nomination for any major Oscars.

    I didn’t like Moonlight, but that was kind of pretentious. I didn’t like Manchester by the Sea, but that also wasn’t a genre film and didn’t really tackle any heavy social themes, let alone too many of them. Arrival I really disliked but it was subtle and deliberately paced, with Amy Adams’ nuanced (though bland in my eyes) turn understandably wowing people. Sorry To Bother You is… garbage? My point in mentioning these other films is that just because I disliked those movies doesn’t mean I was foolish enough to ignore their realistic awards potential. The Boots Riley film I’m being real with, the Oscars won’t nominate it anywhere.

    Honestly, the first act wasn’t terrible IMO! It was just okay, but I didn’t get why people were hyping it, it just seemed like propaganda with nothing really distinctive or groundbreaking in the creative voice behind it. Then, of course that twist happens, I loved it at first, seemed like it had potential to be awesome but… things just fell apart and I felt dumb for having believed the story would lead to something substantive. If I want to see propaganda more coherently done, I will gladly re-watch Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9 again.

    I won’t be traumatized by this movie, I just felt the need to express my seemingly unpopular view here. I like absurdism if it is done well, but this movie tried to do and be too many different kinds of things at once and as a result failed spectacularly at all of them in my book.

    I know I’ve written a lot, but sometimes I’ve simply got a lot to say.

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