When Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) starts using his ”white voice”, he finds success as a telemarketer; as his co-workers try to organize, his employers offer him lucrative opportunities… A spectacular directing debut by Boots Riley who attacks the worst aspects of modern capitalism with great fury and a sense of humor. The film slyly becomes increasingly absurd as Stanfield’s character discovers the real plan behind the telemarketing company; anything is possible in the pursuit of obedient, hard-working employees. Sharp and bold, the film tackles racism and labor issues in an appealing way, with good performances; the white voices are aptly chosen.
2018-U.S. 112 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Jonathan Duffy, Charles D. King, George Rush, Forest Whitaker, Kelly Williams. Written and directed by Boots Riley. Cast: Lakeith Stanfield (Cassius ”Cash” Green), Tessa Thompson (Detroit), Jermaine Fowler (Salvador), Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Danny Glover… Armie Hammer, Forest Whitaker. Voices of David Cross, Lily James, Patton Oswalt, Rosario Dawson.
Trivia: Donald Glover was reportedly considered for the lead role.
Last word: “I had done telemarketing a couple of times, once in college and again after our second album, when I had a 24-year-old midlife crisis. All of my heroes, like [Black Panther activist] Fred Hampton, had been revolutionaries when they were 19. I was like: ‘I’ve been wasting my whole adult life being an artist.’ So I quit music and started an organisation called the Young Comrades with some friends. In order to get by, I would do telemarketing once every two weeks and make all the money I needed.” (Riley, The Guardian)