Starring: Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, Armie Hammer
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.
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!
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.
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