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AMERICAN FICTION

Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Sterling K. Brown, Erika Alexander, John Ortiz, Issa Rae, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Leslie Uggams, and Tracee Ellis Ross
Director: Cord Jefferson

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NICK

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Talk about making your debut with an exclamation point! American Fiction is a brilliantly written satire about the way the Black experience is viewed and desired in mainstream (read: white) media. Writer/director Cord Jefferson has crafted a smart and hilarious film around Jeffrey Wright, who instantly makes you question why he doesn’t lead more projects. Jefferson said one of his goals with this film was to amplify underused actors, and he takes full advantage of the likes of Sterling K. Brown, Erika Alexander, and the rest of this talented supporting cast. I can’t wait for others to get to see this one.

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ADRIANO

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American Fiction juggles comedy, family drama, and social-racial politics amazingly considering this is writer/director Cord Jefferson’s first feature. The film is hilarious throughout, with a healthy blend of absurdism and slice-of-life humour. While the family drama plot can seem familiar (not in the way I imagine was intended), the way it blends with the commentary on how black people are depicted in the media and in culture was nothing short of brilliant. I foresee the ending dividing people, but I thought it was incredible. American Fiction is, at worst, a familiar comedy; at best, an ingenious satire.

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AMARÚ

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For as much satire that’s in American Fiction, it’s some of the realest shit I’ve ever watched. Within writer/director Cord Jefferson’s innumerably layered script, what resonates most is its focus on black people’s use of humor to deal with grief. Not to mask or deny it, but to recognize that sorrow, while existent, is not an absolute in life. That fraudulence of absolutes is the meticulously utilized throughline that ties together such a profoundly multifaceted story. And I haven’t even mentioned the performances, the music, the heart, the ending… (I could go on and on). This movie is fucking brilliant.

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