your £$ support needed

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!

UPDATE 09.06.18: The UK release date of Crazy Rich Asians has been moved up to September 14th, and here’s my review .

posted in:
maryann buzz | movie buzz
  • 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.

  • I hope it didn’t feel like piling on.

    No, no, not at all. It was just that so many people were asking that I figured this would be an easier way to explain. :-)

  • Just saw Crazy Rich Asians and am looking forward to your review. Whether you love it or just think it it’s okay (I don’t see you panning it), you’ll appreciate the female-gaziness of the effort.

  • CRA’s UK release date has been moved up to mid September, so I won’t have to wait quite as long!

  • RogerBW

    Given that Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood has never to my knowledge been broadcast outside the USA, it’s not surprising that a studio would be reluctant to put up the cash for a cinematic release anywhere else. The other two are less convincing cases.

  • Danielm80

    I used to watch Mr. Rogers in Israel, back in the mid-1990s. My housemate had never seen it before and got addicted to the show, which was a problem, because it was broadcast on an Indian station and came on at 2:00 in the morning.

  • The Mr Rogers movie and *Sorry to Bother You* will both be at London Film Festival next month.

  • LaSargenta

    I hope you get to see them and I’m looking forward to your comments!

  • RogerBW

    Interesting, thanks!

  • I’ve bought a ticket to see *Sorry* (I didn’t want to wait to see if there would be a press screening or if it would conflict with something else), and I’m seeing that on Oct 11th — unless there actually IS an earlier press screening — and will try to review asap after.

    I want to watch the Mr Rogers movie on demand from the US — like, NOW — but I just haven’t had time yet. Maybe I will do that tonight.

  • LaSargenta

    Soooooooo, you saw it, yes?


  • Yes. I just haven’t had time to review it yet. A film festival is full-on, all-go. I barely have time to eat. :-)

  • LaSargenta

    Please take care of yourself! We’ll happily wait for the review. I just wanted to be sure you’d gotten in. :-)

Pin It on Pinterest