‘The American Society Of Magical Negroes’ Trailer: Justice Smith And David Alan Grier Are Making White Lives Better

Have you ever heard of the movie trope of the “magical Negro” character? An example would be Will Smith in The Legend of Bagger Vance or Michael Clarke Duncan in The Green Mile. They are Black supporting characters, always unnaturally good and pure, who come to the aid of white protagonists and impart valuable lessons. Well, that trope gets parodied in a fun way in The American Society of Magical Negroes, which is sure to be one of the biggest titles debuting at Sundance next month.

Writer-director Kobi Libii’s film stars Justice Smith as a young man who is recruited into a secret group of magical Black people whose lives are dedicated to the sole purpose of making white lives better. And that becomes all the more important when you’re Black and living in a world of extreme white fragility.

As one character played by David Alan Grier says, “What’s the most dangerous animal in the world? White people when they feel uncomfortable.”

Also in the cast are An-Li Bogan, Drew Tarver, Michaela Watkins, Aisha Hinds, Tim Baltz, Rupert Friend, and Nicole Byer.

Here’s the official synopsis: THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF MAGICAL NEGROES is a fresh, satirical comedy about a young man, Aren, who 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.

Focus Features will release The American Society of Magical Negroes into theaters on March 22nd 2024, following its world premiere at Sundance in January.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.