Revolutionary businessmen Bernard Garrett (Anthony Mackie) and Joe Morris (Samuel L. Jackson) devise an audacious and risky plan to take on the racist establishment of the 1960s by helping other African Americans pursue the American dream. Along with Garrett's wife Eunice (Nia Long), they train a working class white man, Matt Steiner (Nicholas Hoult), to pose as the rich and privileged face of their burgeoning real estate and banking empire - while Garrett and Morris pose as a janitor and a chauffeur. Their success ultimately draws the attention of the federal government, which threatens everything the four have built.
Don't Pay the Man. Be the Man.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language including a sexual reference and racial epithets, and smoking throughout
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Did You Know?
The film, shooting of which was completed in 2018, was held up for original release in 2019 when one of the producers, whose name has been removed from the credits, was accused of sexual misconduct. See more
In the scene at the Plantation Club, a piano is clearly audible on the soundtrack, but the onstage band doesn't have a pianist. See more
On the ending credits, pictures of the real life characters are shown aside the actors/actresses that were depicting them in the movie, plus original pictures related to the story. See more