Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American dark comedy film directed by Boots Riley.

Official trailers

Annapurna Pictures on Thursday, May 17, 2018 released the trailer:
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU | Red Band Trailer.

Story intro

Cassius "Cash" Green lives in his uncle Sergio's garage with his girlfriend, Detroit, an artist. Struggling to pay rent, Cash gets a job as a telemarketer for RegalView. Cash has trouble talking to customers until an older co-worker teaches him to use his "white voice", at which Cash excels. Cash's coworker Squeeze forms a union and recruits Cash, Detroit, and their friend Sal. When Cash participates in a protest, he expects to be fired but is instead promoted to an elite Power Caller position. In the luxurious Power Caller suite, Cash is told always to use his white voice, and learns that RegalView secretly sells arms and unpaid human labor from the corporation WorryFree. Though Cash is initially uncomfortable with the job, he can now afford a new car and apartment and pays off Sergio's house (in the process keeping him from joining WorryFree) and his own rent. Working long hours, he stops participating in the union push and his relationship with Detroit deteriorates. When Cash crosses the union's picket line, one of the picketers hits him with a can of soda. Footage of the incident becomes an Internet meme. Cash is invited to a party with WorryFree CEO Steve Lift, where he is goaded into rapping. Lift offers Cash a powdered substance which Cash snorts, believing it is cocaine. Looking for the bathroom, Cash discovers a shackled half-horse, half-human hybrid who begs him for help. Lift explains that WorryFree plans to make their workers stronger and more obedient by transforming them into "equisapiens". The transformation occurs when a human snorts a gene-modifying powder. Cash fears he just snorted the substance, but Lift assures him it was cocaine. Cash refuses a $100-million offer over five years to become an equisapien and act as a false revolutionary figure to keep the employees in line.


Tessa Thompson
Detroit, Cash's girlfriend
Jermaine Fowler
Omari Hardwick
Mr. _______
David Cross
Cassius's White Voice (voice)
Terry Crews
Sergio Green, Cash's uncle
Patton Oswalt
Mr. _______'s White Voice (voice)
Danny Glover
Steven Yeun
Armie Hammer
Steve Lift
LaKeith Stanfield
Cassius Green (as Lakeith Stanfield)
Lily James
Detroit's White British Voice (voice)
Kate Berlant
Diana DeBauchery
Forest Whitaker
First Equisapien / Demarius
Rosario Dawson
Voice in Elevator (voice)
Michael X. Sommers
Robert Longstreet
Shelley Mitchell
Mrs. Costello
Jerry Mcdaniel Jr.
Man Eating Dinner
Indigo Jackson
Cynthia Rose / Neanderthal Woman
Eric Jacobus
Blackwater Commander
Elaine A. Clark
Game Show Host (as Elaine Clark)
Mistah F.A.B.
Car Passenger (as Mistah Fab)
Val Garrahan
Woman on Couch (as Valerie Garrahan)
Chad Briggs
Billboard Worker
Ken Baggott
TV News Reporter (as Kenneth Baggott)
David Fine
Street Preacher
Damion Gallegos
Jim Ellman
Michael Rhys Kan
Mr. Son
Molly Brady
Entertainment News Host
Nato Green
Man in Crowd
W. Kamau Bell
Other Man in Crowd
Safiya Fredericks
Sara Buskirk
WorryFree Commercial Voice (voice)
Terel Gibson
NTV Spots Announcer
Lyrics Born
Game Show Contestant
Gabby LaLa
Health Clinic Receptionist (as Gabby La La)
Thessaly Lerner
DIY Wig-Making Host
Ken Gamble
Screaming Equisapien (voice) (as Kenneth Gamble)
Keniece Ford
Left Eye Street Artist (as Keneice Ford)
Gina Madrid
Left Eye Street Artist
Spy Emerson
Left Eye Street Artist
Silk E
Left Eye Street Artist
Jacinta Kaumbulu
Left Eye Street Artist
Sara Melekova
Left Eye Street Artist
Annie Chen
Left Eye Street Artist
Akilah A. Walker
Left Eye Street Artist (as Akilah Walker)
Akia Greybill
Left Eye Street Artist
Makiah Green
Left Eye Street Artist


Principal photography began on June 22, 2017, in Oakland, California and concluded on July 30, 2017.

The film Sorry to Bother You was scheduled to be released on January 20, 2018 (Sundance, Sundance Film Festival), on March 11, 2018, on April 12, 2018 (San Francisco International Film Festival), on June 2, 2018 (Seattle International Film Festival), on June 20, 2018 (BAM Rose Cinemas), on July 6, 2018 (United States) and on December 7, 2018 (United Kingdom) by Annapurna Pictures, Annapurna Distribution, Arthaus, Entertainment One, Eye Film Instituut, United International Pictures (UIP), Universal Pictures International (UPI) and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The duration of the film is 112 minutes. With a budget of $3.2 million, the film grossed over $18.3 million.

The film had received a "R" rating.


Sorry to Bother You got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Official website:

IMDB: Sorry to Bother You

Wikipedia: Sorry to Bother You

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