In his debut feature, writer-director Joe Talbot pays ironic tribute to his hometown with the sad story of two young Black men who can no longer afford to live in the title city. Their solution: to squat in a gorgeous but decaying Victorian house and pretend it’s theirs. Jimmie Fails and Jonathan Majors are outstanding as childhood friends Jimmie and Mont, who each has his own personal identity issues – sketched out in the gentlest, most forgiving way possible by Talbot and co-writers Fails and Bob Richert. The scene-setting and music score are first-class, as are the voices and faces in the large supporting cast, including Tichina Arnold, Rob Morgan, Jamal Trulove, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, and Willie Hen. Someday, when San Francisco has formally turned into a high-tech breeder colony, we can look back at Talbot’s film as the last gasp of a bygone era.
Director: Joe Talbot
Producer: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Christina Oh, Joe Talbot, Brad Pitt, Sarah Esberg and Kimberly Parker
Cast: Jimmie Fails, Jonathan Majors, Rob Morgan, Tichina Arnold, Danny Glover, Mike Epps, Finn Wittrock, Thora Birch, Jamal Trulove and Daewon Song