AMERICAN FICTION (R)
1 hour, 57 minutes
In American Fiction, witness the captivating tale of Thelonious “Monk” Ellison, an English professor and frustrated novelist, whose writing career hits a roadblock due to not being deemed “Black enough.” Directed by Cord Jefferson in his hilarious debut, the film delves into Monk’s journey as he takes a satirical approach, crafting a novel under a pseudonym to expose the publishing world’s hypocrisies.
Portrayed by the talented Jeffrey Wright, Monk’s audacious creation becomes an instant hit, thrusting him deeper into the complexities of his assumed identity. As success beckons, Monk finds himself challenging his closely-held worldviews, confronting the very culture that thrives on reducing people to outrageous stereotypes. In a quest to prove his point, Monk’s pen name leads him to write an outlandish “Black” book, propelling him to the heart of hypocrisy and the very madness he claims to disdain. American Fiction unfolds a narrative that intertwines humor, social commentary, and the unraveling of one man’s convictions in a world obsessed with reducing people to mere caricatures.
“Wright, so often a strong supporting player... is magnetic in the lead role: commanding, flawed, vulnerable, relatable. American Fiction is his movie, and will likely (and deservedly) land him his first Oscar nomination.”
– Adam Graham, Detroit News
“Monk is perfect the way he is, especially as Wright plays him. Watching this performance makes American Fiction a complex, sometimes discomfiting pleasure.”
– Stephanie Zacharek, TIME Magazine
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