Thelonious “Monk” Ellison (Jeffrey Wright) is a respected author and professor of English literature. However, both of his careers are falling apart. Monk faces academic censure after a classroom kerfuffle over language and his next book is failing to attract a publisher because it is not “Black enough” even though Monk, himself, is Black. Frustrated with his career and dealing with a family crisis that he cannot afford, Monk writes a pseudonymous novel rife with every stereotype of Black life that he can imagine. To his surprise, the novel becomes a hit, launching Monk into the vortex of publishing establishment and Hollywood. Adapted from Percival Everett’s novel Erasure, American Fiction is a smart satire about the commodification of Black art and the need for cultural authenticity.
Director(s): Cord Jefferson
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Leslie Uggams, Erika Alexander, Adam Brody, John Ortiz, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Sterling K. Brown, Issa Rae
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