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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

no, I have not reviewed ‘Sorry to Bother You’; yes, I would love to

sorrybotherposterSince many readers have been asking: No, I have not yet seen Sorry to Bother You. I would love to, but it doesn’t have a UK release date yet — I’m based in London at the moment — so there haven’t been any press screenings here, and obviously I can’t just buy a ticket to see it. I spoke to the US publicist about getting a screening link — so I could watch the film online via a private streaming service, which is a way that many films are offered to critics nowadays — and I was told that the film isn’t being made available that way.

Director Boots Riley has been tweeting about how his film can’t get international distribution:

So who knows when I’ll be able to see this. Perhaps there will be a screening link or DVD come awards season (though that likely wouldn’t be before November). Or I’ll just have to wait till the film is available on demand from the US.

Oh, and by the way, it’s much the same with the Fred Rogers documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (which readers have also asked me about): no UK release date, and no screening link for critics available.

Other films I’m dying to see and review but will have to wait for: Blindspotting, which has just been announced for a UK release in October, and Crazy Rich Asians, which doesn’t open here till November (by which point it will probably be available on VOD from the US). Argh!

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  • LaSargenta

    I apologise for being one of the many. I hope it didn’t feel like piling on. I went and saw it on its opening weekend and was happy to be seeing something that felt new (well mostly, Tessa Thompson is wonderful as always, but, sadly, is pretty alone in a sea of men, interesting male roles, to be sure, but, she’s alone).

    It really is bizarre about studios/distributors not seeming to understand how much communication about movies (and music, etc.) happens without borders but they still limit the access to the actual thing.

  • Danielm80

    I had been planning to wait and check the DVD out of the library, because David Cross is a vile, bigoted human being, and I don’t want him to have any of my ticket dollars, but now I’m going to see the movie in the theatre, because I want Boots Riley to have some of my ticket dollars, and I want the studio to know it.

    [/tilting at windmills]

  • Bluejay

    Yeah, sometimes you might have to take the (hopefully small) bad with the (hopefully greater) good. I think studios will likely take this film’s box office as a measure of how many “black movies” they should make, not how much audiences love David Cross. :-)

  • Ah, that sucks. I’ve been hoping that you’d watch _Won’t You Be My Neighbor_ not only because I’d like to read your review, but because, with all the crap you have to watch, you deserve to see a movie that will leave you feeling good.

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