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In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a universe of greed.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Cassius Green
... Detroit
... Salvador
... Mr. _______
... Sergio
... Diana DeBauchery
... Johnny
... Langston
... Squeeze
... Steve Lift
... Anderson
... Cassius's White Voice (voice)
... Mr. _______'s White Voice (voice)
... Detroit's White British Voice (voice)
... First Equisapien / Demarius
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In an alternate version of Oakland, Cassius Green gets a telemarketing job and finds the commission paid job a dispiriting struggle as a black man selling to predominately white people over the phone. That changes when a veteran advises him to use his "white voice," and the attitude behind it to make himself more appealing to customers. With a bizarrely high-pitched accent, Cassius becomes a success even as his colleagues form a union to improve their miserable jobs. Regardless, Cassius finds himself promoted a "Power Caller" selling the most morally abhorrent but lucrative products and services as his connection to his girlfriend and colleagues fades away. However, Cassius' conscience arises anew as he finds himself in the midst of his boss' bizarre world of condescending bigoted decadence and his sinister plans to create the perfect subservient work force with Cassius' help. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rated R for pervasive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity, and drug use | See all certifications »

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$727,266, 8 July 2018, Limited Release

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$15,991,168, 15 August 2018
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Naturally green-eyed Armie Hammer wears a light blue contact lens in one of his eyes. See more »

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Near the end of the film, when Cassius gives his car to his co-worker, he is wearing dark blue pants with a pattern on them. But as he enters the garage with Detroit, he's wearing plain dark red pants. See more »

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Anderson: This is telemarketing. Stick to the script.
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References The Last Dragon (1985) See more »

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OYAHYTT
Performed by The Coup featuring Lakeith Stanfield
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Crude Art
7 July 2018 | by See all my reviews

I would definitely classify this movie as artsy. By that I mean that the writer tried to convey a message in an indirect and flamboyant manner.

The appropriately named Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) is a struggling, unemployed young man who wants to do something big with his life. He gets the opportunity when he's hired on at a telemarketing company. As he makes one sale after another he is offered the dream gig of being a PC (power caller). As a power caller he can change his life for the better but at what moral cost?

The first half of the movie was really good. It had a good flow to it, the humor was funny, and the plot was clear. The last half of the movie was different, almost like two different people wrote and directed the first and second half. The flow of it seemed to taper off, the humor waned, and the message became almost abstract. As it was I was trying to fully understand all of the visual and verbal non sequiturs but then I became a bit bewildered with the direction the film went. It sort of devolved into something crude and crass. I'm sure there was a point in that but I didn't see a need.

This was Boots Riley's writing and directorial debut. There was some promise here but I think it missed the mark. I hope he gets another shot to do another project and--whereas I don't want him to dumb it down or make it commercial--I'd like to see a more palatable movie.


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