7.8/10 (IMDB)

American Fiction

1h 56m Comedy | Drama
American Fiction
American Fiction


The hilarious directorial debut of Cord Jefferson which confronts our culture's obsession with reducing people to outrageous stereotypes.

Jeffrey Wright stars as Monk, a frustrated novelist who's fed up with the establishment profiting from "Black" entertainment that relies on tired and offensive tropes. To prove his point, Monk 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.


Cord Jefferson


Elle Sciore, Miriam Shor, Adam Brody






United States



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  • "A triumphant satire about race, exploitation, family and identity that’s as rich and captivating as [Wright's] tour-de-force."
    - The Daily Beast
  • "The literary world jabs are sharp and funny, but it’s the rueful family dynamics that make the film so rewarding, as well as the performances."
    - New York Magazine (Vulture)
  • "There’s no real tonal conflict between the lightness of the comedy and the import of the issues it is addressing; AMERICAN FICTION runs on serious conversations that are never bogged down by being treated too seriously."
    - TheWrap
  • "Ultimately, AMERICAN FICTION is an impressive debut from Jefferson, who has seamlessly made the leap from the small to big screen with a strong comedic voice and characters crafted with empathy and care. "
    - IndieWire
  • "It’s an extremely funny movie that lands some sharp blows, and a stellar feature debut from seasoned TV writer Cord Jefferson."
    - Vox
  • "This brilliant film not only destroys the single Black narrative, it obliterates it -- and puts pressure on every single film dealing with race that will come after."
    - Salon.com
  • "In Jefferson’s timely and sharp and subversively funny AMERICAN FICTION, Wright is accorded the relatively rare opportunity to take the lead, and he delivers a richly layered performance that reminds us he’s one of the best actors of his generation."
    - Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Wright, so often a strong supporting player... is magnetic in the lead role: commanding, flawed, vulnerable, relatable. AMERICAN FICTION is his movie, and will likely (and deservedly) land him his first Oscar nomination."
    - Detroit News


  • Aademy Awards Nomenee
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Denver Int'l Film Festival
  • Heartland Int'l Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
  • San Diego Int'l Film Festival
  • AFI Awards
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Astra Film Awards


  • Hamptons Int'l Film Festival
  • Mill Valley Film Festival