The American Society of Magical Negroes


Comedy / Fantasy

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 29% · 63 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 64% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 2.4/10 10 5216 5.2K

Plot summary

A young man, Aren, is recruited into a secret society of magical Black people who dedicate their lives to a cause of utmost importance: making white people’s lives easier.

April 02, 2024 at 08:12 AM


Kobi Libii

Top cast

Rupert Friend as Mick
Gillian Vigman as Andrea
Justice Smith as Aren
Girvan 'Swirv' Bramble as Kyle
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963.94 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
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1.93 GB
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23.976 fps
1 hr 44 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by chenp-54708 2 / 10

Interesting concept but fails to deliver it uniquely and creatively

Watched this at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.

This is the kind of movie where it has an interesting premise and it could have explored interesting satirical themes and ideas but instead, the filmmaker doesn't really offer much with any creative outlooks and follows cliched and uninteresting tropes.

Kobi Libii has a concept that could have been interesting but his bland direction and the unambitious tones really create a hollow and investing story with dull cliche tropes, uninteresting characters and weak performances from the cast members. I like Justice Smith and Smith is trying his best but unfortunately his dull character and the poor dialogue really lacks his performance. Throughout, I found myself feeling bored and thinking that this movie could have been at least interesting if the filmmaker had thought about actually trying to add something that feels weird or unique. But that's not what I got. Instead, what I got was more of a dull and uninspired narrative that really wastes the talented cast and concepts.

What a shame.

Reviewed by micahbboswell27 1 / 10

Nope. Just nope.

I love David Alan Grier and pretty much anything that has to do with magic/fantasy so I thought I'd give this a try. Big mistake. Aside from the fact that the film is obviously celebrating blatant racism masked as anti-racist satire, the story wasn't good, the acting was (overall) subpar and even the special effects left to be desired.

If you're looking for something good that will scratch this itch, rewatch the Harry Potter films. Take another turn with Lord of the Rings and then, of course, the Hobbit. Heck, even the Merlin show on BBC would be a solid choice. This film is part of the problem.

Reviewed by AfricanBro 3 / 10

White discomfort.

I didn't know what this movie was gonna be about I just thought the name was funny. It's starts off awkward, seemed like a typical role for Justice Smith. I was hoping it was gonna have some grandeur to it, I was expecting a really funny black Harry Potter maybe. The premise is a little weird, maybe racist too. And I don't think the movie as a whole was executed well.

I had a couple laughs. Like how they couldn't figure out a better way to design a secret entrance in the barber shop. The speech he gave about the magical society and sharks was hilariously bad. I kept comparing this to American fiction, very unfavorably. It felt like that's what they were trying to do. Felt like it could be funnier. The story and its characters took everything seriously even though the premise felt extremely silly.

Throughout the movie, I was inundated with waves of second-hand embarrassment and awkwardness. The premise relies heavily on white discomfort, well I'm black and I was like "ugh, no" a lot. The movie felt inconsistent, with some scenes seeming okay, as if they belonged in a better film, while others gave me the urge to scream "nooo!!" even louder than Charles Leclerc in France. The final speech was particularly dreadful, it was out of the blue, replete with cringe-inducing moments and also unjustified based off what we saw of the character. He was simply a socially awkward guy, period. It had nothing to do with him being black. The collective sighs of "oh no" from the audience were frequent. I shouldn't say the audience, there were only like 5 other people in the theatre. A lot of scenes were hard to watch.

However, I did like the romantic bits, which could have easily formed the basis of a separate film. I'd certainly be keen to watch a cheesy romcom starring Justice Smith and An Li Bogan.

There were a few bits that I liked, that made me laugh, but this could've been so much better, or maybe not even made at all lol. I don't think the movie had any meaning behind it that it conveyed successfully. I think if I liked the movie, I'd have maybe liked the ending. Instead I thought "oh no, there's gonna be another one."

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NullUnit profile
NullUnit April 02, 2024 at 08:35 am

"racism is bad... but remember..... we're black, we're proud to be black.. we're better than you because we are black.. if you aren't black, there's something wrong with you.... if you point out we're black, you're in the wrong and should be beaten and shamed... but racism is bad."

Negative0007 profile
Negative0007 April 02, 2024 at 08:23 am

FREEMAN, can we get this in 144i please?

Negative0007 profile
Negative0007 April 02, 2024 at 08:22 am

They magically make my wallet disappear.

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moviehoardersanon April 02, 2024 at 08:18 am

It's hard to believe that the 1488 guy didnt like this one.

Hoji profile
Hoji April 02, 2024 at 08:11 am

The comments section for this is going to be fun (!)

bankz21 profile
bankz21 April 02, 2024 at 07:31 am

Blatant racism masked as anti-racist satire.

1488Gang profile
1488Gang April 02, 2024 at 07:18 am

No thanks.