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American Fiction: Jeffrey Wright is fantastic in one of the best comedies of the decade

Based on the novel “Erasure,” Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut is a hilarious film about a man who writes a satire book as a joke and uses a fake name on the book instead of writing the academic manuscripts that he is known for. Things go wild when the book becomes a best-seller, and he is forced to create a whole new persona to make people believe that the alter ego and not him wrote it. The film does a great job of touching on racial stereotypes by doing it in a comedic way where it doesn’t come off as offensive, thanks to Cord Jefferson’s fantastic direction and hilarious Oscar-nominated screenplay. Oscar nominee Jeffrey Wright delivers a tremendous performance as a frustrated writer who writes the satire book under a fake name. Wright does a fantastic job switching between being serious and hilarious to throw people off that he is the mastermind of the satire novel. The film has a great supporting cast: Tracee Ellis Ross, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, Issa Rae, and Oscar nominee Sterling K. Brown. Thanks to Cord Jefferson’s fantastic direction and screenplay and incredible performances by Jeffrey Wright and Sterling K. Brown, “American Fiction” is one of the funniest comedies of the 2020s and earned its five deserved Oscar nominations.


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