‘The American Society Of Magical Negroes’ Review – A Soulless, Race-Baiting Charisma Vacuum Of A Film

Justice Smith as Aren and David Alan Grier as Roger in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Justice Smith as Aren and David Alan Grier as Roger in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

We live in a world where Hollywood can’t seem to figure out why people aren’t going to the movie theaters anymore. Maybe the problem lies in the fact that Hollywood is continually pumping out nauseating left-wing progressive lectures thinly disguised as entertainment and there’s no better example of this than the latest film from Focus Features, The American Society of Magical Negroes.

Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

A supporting black character in a film who usually comes to the aid of the white protagonist, a ‘Magical Negro,’ is a stereotype that has been complained about in movies for quite some time. The term was crafted by notorious race hustler Spike Lee, who was bothered by the onscreen race relations between black people and white people in movies.

What if we were able to create a movie about a group of black people who have to go around to keep white people comfortable for their own safety? This is the premise of The American Society of Magical Negroes.

The film stars Justice Smith as Aren — a failed artist who tries to hawk off his abstract art that nobody understands and even less people want to buy — who is the textbook definition of a beta male.

Aren is so good at being a walking door mat to anyone who comes within a 5 ft radius of him that he is recruited by a man named Roger, played by David Alan Grier, to become a member of the magical Society of Negroes.

White Tears measurer in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
White Tears measurer in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

Because keeping white people comfortable is the only way to keep them from killing black people, Aren joins their ranks and is assigned to an ad agency executive to keep him comfortable as his white tears show emotional distress.

That’s not a joke. That is the actual plot of this movie.

Justice Smith as Aren and An-Li Bogan as Lizzy in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024) , Focus Features
Justice Smith as Aren and An-Li Bogan as Lizzy in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024) , Focus Features

Along the way, Aren falls in love with a girl who works at the same agency. However, he’s not allowed to be romantically involved with her — as a magical Negro, he must put the feelings of the white man first.

The American Society of Magical Negroes is probably the most racist film to come out in recent time. Still, its biggest sin is being one of the most boring movies in the last several years, with one of the worst actors in Hollywood given the responsibility to lead this movie.

Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

Justice Smith, who’s Hollywood’s go-to actor whenever they need someone black, effeminate, and who cries a lot, is taxed with leading this abomination of a comedy that is thinly disguised as a satire.

If you’ve seen one of the actor’s movies, you’ve seen all of his performances. Justice is the equivalent of a mediocre white woman whose favorite hobby is watching Netflix, and The American Society of Magical Negroes attempts to not only have him carry the film for nearly two hours, but also to use him as the voice of black oppression in America.

David Alan Grier as Roger and Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
David Alan Grier as Roger and Justice Smith as Aren in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

The American Society of Magical Negroes Writer and Director Kobi Libii, who is known for his work in… The American Society of Magical Negroes self-inserts himself in the movie through Justice Smith’s character, and that’s when it clicks.

You quickly realize that the reason why this film is so boring and tasteless is because the writer and director of this film has about as much charisma as a fork sticking out of a broken socket. Kobi essentially forces the audience to sit down and watch a movie about him.

Just like every other daily show clone that uses white guilt to continue to get work in progressive Hollywood, Kobi continued to use the racist narrative that the “most dangerous animal in the world” is white people.

Drew Tarver as Jason in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Drew Tarver as Jason in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

The message of this film is clear: whenever white people are not comfortable, black people are the ones who are want to die. A message that is so divorced from reality, it would be considered nonsensical — even as a fantasy.

The American Society of Magical Negroes is a film that takes the playbook right out of films such as The Blackening, which uses poorly disguised hatred and racism in the realm of comedy — thinking that they can fall back on it whenever their satire is called out — because, without racial division between blacks and whites, this story has absolutely nothing to offer.

There’s no chemistry between the two leads of this movie, as no one believes Justice Smith is heterosexual — let alone his ability to play one on screen. The film has no story to dig into because the forced love triangle is nothing more than a placeholder for a biracial filmmaker’s views on race.

Nicole Byer as Dede in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Nicole Byer as Dede in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

To make matters worse, the film pulls the same playbook as movies such as Not Okay and Barbie, by giving this protagonist a five-minute long monologue to rant about how much of a victim they are in modern society.

The only time Smith’s character comes alive is to lecture the audience about the fact that black people in the United States, every day, live under the guise that are white people just want them dead. This, my friends, is projection.

Justice Smith and David Alan Grier in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features
Justice Smith and David Alan Grier in The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

Kobi makes it very clear that he hates white people and he hates America. Yet, somehow, he wants you to go out and support this film because you’re the racist Nazi.

The American Society of Magical Negroes is a soulless charisma vacuum of a film that offers nothing but hate and division.

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The American Society of Magical Negroes (2024), Focus Features

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OVERALL SCORE

PROS

  • Nothing.

CONS

  • No humor.
  • Race baiting.
  • Justice Smith.
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