Reel Reviews | American Fiction

by Tim Gordon

A novelist who’s fed up with the establishment profiting from “Black” entertainment uses a pen name to write a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain in the comedy-drama, American Fiction.

Written and directed by Cord Jefferson, in his feature directorial debut, American Fiction is based on the 2001 novel Erasure by Percival Everett. the film follows a frustrated novelist-professor who jokingly writes an outlandishly stereotypical “Black” book out of spite, only for the book to be published and receive widespread fame and acclaim.

It stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, and Keith David. Everett is also an executive producer on the film alongside Rian Johnson.

We break down one of the best films of the year and the brilliance of Jefferson, Wright, and an amazing ensemble.

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