Sorry to Bother You

Sorry to Bother You is a 2018 American surrealist black comedy film written and directed by Boots Riley, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. The film follows a young black telemarketer who adopts a white accent to succeed at his job. Swept into a corporate conspiracy, he must choose between profit and joining his activist friends to organize labor.

Sorry to Bother You
Theatrical release poster
Directed byBoots Riley
Written byBoots Riley
Produced by
CinematographyDoug Emmett
Edited byTerel Gibson
Music by
Distributed by
Release dates
  • January 20, 2018 (2018-01-20) (Sundance)
  • July 6, 2018 (2018-07-06) (United States)
Running time
112 minutes[2][3]
CountryUnited States
Budget$3.2 million[4]
Box office$18.3 million[5]

Principal photography began in June 2017 in Oakland. Sorry to Bother You premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2018, and was theatrically released in the United States on July 6, 2018, by Annapurna Pictures through Mirror Releasing. The film received critical acclaim for its cast, concept, and soundtrack, as well as Riley's screenplay and direction.

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