About the Film
Thelonious “Monk” Ellison’s writing career has stalled because his work isn’t deemed “Black enough.” Monk (Jeffrey Wright), a writer and English professor, writes a satirical novel under a pseudonym, aiming to expose the publishing world’s hypocrisies. The book’s immediate success forces him to get deeper enmeshed in his assumed identity and challenges his closely-held worldviews.
The Reviews Are In
"Jefferson overlays the story’s most biting wit with layers of warmth, sadness and discovery that make this movie far more than the sum of its parts."
-Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
"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 an Oscar-ready Jeffrey Wright. You won't look at race on screen in the same way again."
-Peter Travers, ABC News
Open Caption Screenings*
For Deaf and Hard of Hearing
*Screenings that feature on-screen text captions that display the spoken dialogue, sound effects, and other relevant audio information for the audience to read.