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Oscar-nominated Film American Fiction Releases On OTT: When And Where To Watch, Cast, Plot And More Details To Know

American Fiction: The Oscar-nominated film is now streaming on OTT; here’s everything you need to know.

Aanchal Sharma

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A still from American Fiction. (Image: Prime Video)

CORD Jefferson’s film American Fiction is creating a splash this award season with numerous nominations including the highly prestigious BAFTA and Oscars. From being a film that no one wanted to finance, to being one of the most critically acclaimed films on racial identities, American Fiction has certainly left a mark. The film marks Cord Jefferson’s directorial debut and is based on the 2001 novel, Erasure by Percival Everett.

Here’s everything you need to know about the film:

Cast

The star-studded star cast also includes prominent names like Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown and Adam Brody in pivotal roles. With the talented Jeffrey Wright in the lead role, the film tackles black-victimhood stereotypes, showcasing Wright and actor Issa Rae as rival writers. 

Release Date

Following a successful theatrical run worldwide, this comedy-drama film, based on the novel Erasure by Percival Everett, is now streaming exclusively on Prime Video.

Intriguing Plot

The film follows Thelonious ‘Monk’ Ellison, an upper-class writer of  African-American origin, frustrated by his  readers’ interest in topics like melodramatic plots, deadbeat dads, gang violence, and drugs, who frustratingly mocks it all only to be offered a movie deal from a celebrated Hollywood producer. 

If you’re tired of literary clichés expected throughout genres of cinema and literature, then American Fiction rightfully voices out an epic jab to the often stereotypical imagery of Black Writers only for the sake of cultural appropriation. 

Comic Interpretation Of Literary Issues 

American Fiction’s protagonist, Thelonious “Monk” Ellison is a middle-aged black professor, who is frustrated with his failures as a writer. The film uses humor to explore a common problem in literature: authors feeling pressure to write sequels, or similar stories that meet readers’ expectations, even if it compromises their creative vision. 

The film tackles this issue from the perspective of  Ellison, offering a humorous yet witty insight into the stupidities in modern culture.

Completing Twists

At the center of mockery and comedy, the film also sports a hilarious sub-plot of writer ‘Monk’ pretending to be a seasoned criminal on the run from the cops. These subplots cleverly introduce  elements like Police brutality and gun violence weaving them into Monk’s satirical writing journey. Monk’s narrative takes a compelling turn culminating in the adaptation’s intense yet clichéd backstory.

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