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CHICAGO-BORN rap­per Boots Ri­ley makes his fea­ture film di­rec­to­rial de­but with an au­da­cious, wildly in­ven­tive and fre­quently up­roar­i­ous satire about work­place cul­ture, black ex­ploita­tion and ram­pant cap­i­tal­ism.

The un­likely hero is Cas­sius Green (Lakeith Stan­field), known to friends as Cash.

He lives in the garage of his un­cle Ser­gio (Terry Crews) with ac­tivist girl­friend Detroit (Tessa Thomp­son).

Four months be­hind on the rent, Cash must find al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion un­less he can raise the bal­ance within two weeks.

He hopes a job as a tele­mar­keter at Re­galView along­side friend Sal­vador (Jer­maine Fowler) will an­swer his prayers.

Cash’s man­ager in­structs him to fol­low the script and maybe – just maybe – he will be pro­moted to a Power Caller desk on the top floor.

His ten­ta­tive first ef­forts to en­gage cus­tomers are dispir­it­ing fail­ures un­til an ex­pe­ri­enced co-worker (Danny Glover) im­parts sage words.

“You want to make some money here, read the script with your white voice,” he whis­pers.

Sure enough, when Cash (now voiced by David Cross) erases all traces of Oak­land from his pat­ter, he se­cures his first sale... then an­other.

In record time, he is court­ing the at­ten­tion of Mr X (Omari Hard­wick), who man­ages the Power Caller team, and Steve Lift (Armie Ham­mer), CEO of fu­tur­is­tic em­ployer Wor­ryFree.

Lakeith Stan­field as Cash

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