Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Sci-fi fantasy comedy directed and written by Boots Riley, in his directorial debut. The story is set in an alternate present-day and follows Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield), a telemarketer who finds out that by using his “white voice” to speak (voiced by David Cross), he find success at his job.
Armed with this new skill, Cassius becomes a rising star at his company, much to the chagrin of his activist girlfriend, Detroit (Tessa Thompson). At the top of the corporate ladder, Cassius also encounters the coke-snorting CEO, Steve Lift (Armie Hammer), who has a few disturbing secrets of his own.
Our Favorite Quote:'If you get shown a problem, but have no idea how to control it, then you just decide to get used to the problem.' - Squeeze (Sorry to Bother You) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 28)
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I’m just out here surviving and what I’m doing right now won’t even matter.
Detroit: Oh, baby, baby, it will always matter.
[just as they are about to start having sex the garage door flips open]
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Oh, shit!
Detroit: I thought you said you’d fix that!
Passerby: Get a room!
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I’ve got a room, motherfucker!
Sergio Green: Hey, Cash. How much longer have I got to wait for my money?
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: God made this land for all of us. Greedy people like you want to hog it to yourself and your family…
Sergio Green: Me and my family?
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Yeah.
Sergio Green: Cassius, I’m your fucking uncle!
Detroit: Baby, that’s what I said. But don’t listen to what I say. Listen to what I want.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I just really need a job.
Cassius’s Boss: That is intriguing.
Cassius’s Boss: [to Cassius] This is telemarketing. Stick to the script.
[phoning a customer]
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Uh, Mr. Davidson, Cassius Green here. Sorry to…
[Davidson hangs up on Cassius]
Langston: Let me give you a tip. If you want to make some money here, use your white voice.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: My white voice.
Langston: I’m not talking about Will Smith. White, like this young fella.
[he suddenly starts speaking in his white voice]
Langston: Hey, Mr. Kramer. This is Langston from Regal View.
[we see Cassius making calls at work using his white voice]
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: As always, we’ll be getting that out to you right away.
Cassius’s Boss: [to Cassius] You’re doing so good with the voice thing.
[Cassius using his white voice]
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Was that visa or mastercard?
Cassius’s Boss: [to Cassius] You’re going upstairs, my compadre. They even have their own elevator.
[as Cassius is taking the private elevator up to the next level]
Elevator Voice: Welcome, Power Caller. I hope you did not masturbate today. We need you sharp and ready to go.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I got promoted from a Power Caller.
Detroit: What do they sell?
[to Cassius; referring to the upper level telemarketer]
Langston: They’re not selling what we’re selling.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: No. well there’s no amount of money that will make me do that.
Mr. Blank: Here’s the starting salary.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Man, I’m going to have to get me some new suits.
Salvador: You don’t have to sell you.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I’m not selling out.
Detroit: This is morally emaciating. I can’t ride with you.
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: I’m doing this and I’m really good at it.
Detroit: [to Cassius] It’s just the old you was way more interested.
Steve Lift: Cash, I’m going to make you a proposal. I can see that you want to say no, but I wouldn’t do that before you see what I’m offering you.
[he gives Cassius a piece of paper, which has “I’m offering you $100,000,000” written on it]
Steve Lift: Cash, you are awesome.
[in his white voice]
Cassius ‘Cash’ Green: Some for the homies, and some for me!
Steve Lift: [to Cassius] You are rolling with the big dogs now.
Detroit: We will have a transformative experience.
Steve Lift: [to Cassius] The reason you’re not high is because your adrenaline is pumping so hard right now, that to be perfectly honest you’re starting to harsh both of our mellows. Okay? So, sit down and just take a breath, man. It’s fucking adrenaline.
Squeeze: [to Cassius] If you get shown a problem, but have no idea how to control it, then you just decide to get used to the problem.
Steve Lift: If your beautiful perversions don’t shut the fuck up, I will turn you all into glue!
Cassius Green: This place is fucking nuts, man.
Steve Lift: Thank you. I will accept your backhanded compliment.
Total Quotes: 28
What do you think of the Sorry to Bother You quotes? Let us know what you think in the comments below as we’d love to know.
Faheem Lea says
“Relax…you’re harshing both of our mellows!” Steve Lift
Steve Ray says
I didn’t find what I think was the best quote in the movie. Something like: “If you point out a problem but don’t give a fix to the problem, people just get used to the problem.” Can you find it?
I think this is the quote:
Squeeze: If you get shown a problem, but have no idea how to control it, then you just decide to get used to the problem.