Review: American Fiction

Posted in Comedy, Drama, Film Reviews, Genre by - January 04, 2024
Review: American Fiction

American Fiction (2023)

R ‧ Comedy/Drama ‧ 1 Hours 57 Minutes

Written by Cord Jefferson

Directed by Cord Jefferson


Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Erika Alexander, Leslie Uggams, Adam Brody, and Keith David.


(In their own words). Monk is a frustrated novelist who’s fed up with the establishment that profits from Black entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, he uses a pen name to write an outlandish Black book of his own, a book that propels him to the heart of hypocrisy and the madness he claims to disdain.


The BEST things about the film

  1. Solid Writing – You can only hope a film about a writer is well-written. And this one is. Fully fleshed-out characters, an engaging story, and wholly original. 
  2. The Acting – Jeffery Wright delivers his best performance in this film. Sterling K Brown is also excellent, with a remarkable ability to slide the film between drama and comedy.
  3. The Comedy. It’s a very funny film and at all the right moments. 
  4. The Blackness – It’s almost ironically addressed in this film. It’s nice to have a movie that is more about Black excellence rather than the trope stories and characters that Black actors are usually shoved into. And that’s part of the point of the film itself. 


One of the best films to come out last year is now coming out for wide release. 


Let people like what they like. 

People love what they assume is the




American Fiction is one of the best films to come out in 2023, and it is only now out for wide release. It is wonderfully acted, funny, well-written, and poignant in its messaging about the exploitative nature of Black people in art. It’s important to support Black films/art that don’t rely on tired tropes or overdone characters. That’s one of the points of the film. Black people exist as sons and siblings of regular middle-class people who are just trying to get through their day. It’s so pleasant to not see a Black film centered around trauma. This one centers on family, art, and the desire to be valued as a creator and have a voice.



My 3L system gives me the choice to Love It, Like It, or Lose It. 

American Fiction gets a Love it



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When he’s not reviewing films or interviewing people for the Black & A Half podcast, Silas Lindenstein can be found in the greater metro Seattle, WA working as a real estate agent helping people buy and sell homes, or performing stand up comedy to fellow nerds. He has a wife and three children and desperately wants to learn to make the perfect homemade pizza.

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