For many moviegoers, only one film released in 2017 successfully confronted racial inequality under the guise of mainstream entertainment, and that was “Get Out
.” But another movie that fell into that same category has yet to hit theaters. Joseph Kahn
,” an outrageous hip hop satire that screened in the Midnight Madness
section of the Toronto International Film Festival, has yet to land a theatrical deal; nevertheless, it topped IndieWire
’s annual critics poll as the best undistributed movie of 2017.
The riotous comedy, in which geeky, overeducated white grad student Adam (Calum Worthy
) permeates Toronto’s underground rap battle scene, is a blatant provocation: A big part of the movie revolves around Adam’s realization that racial epithets and other seemingly offensive aspects of rap performance are key to his own success in the scene, and that participants regard such button-pushing lyrics as less problematic than his socially-progressive background had led him to believe.