This hysterical and purely American comedy-drama, written and directed by Cord Jefferson, in his feature directorial debut, has won universal acclaim including a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, two Golden Globe Nominations including Best Motion Picture Comedy, and named as one of the top 10 films of 2023 by the American Film Institute.
Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated African-American novelist and professor fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk uses a pen name to write an outlandish “Black” book of his own, only for the book to be published to high sales and praise, propelling him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.
Oscars: Five Nominations
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role – Jeffrey Wright
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role – Sterling K. Brown
Golden Globes: Two Nominations
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy – Jeffrey Wright
Directed by: Cord Jefferson
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, and Keith David.
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“Cord Jefferson’s slashingly funny satire of Black literary stereotyping is one of the best and boldest American comedies in years with a dynamite performance by Jeffrey Wright that should put him up front in the Oscar sweeps. You won’t look at race on screen in the same way again”
“As much of a wry hoot as it is, with Wright as the film’s enjoyably irascible lead, Jefferson also weaves in a dysfunctional family drama that gives it emotional heft to complement the hilarity”
“The Best Picture of the Year”