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In They Cloned Tyrone (2023), a stoic, low-rung drug dealer named Fontaine (John Boyega) stumbles on a vast and bewildering government conspiracy following a fateful encounter with a flamboyant pimp named Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx) and a sex worker named Yo Yo (Teyonah Parris). Together, the trio works to disentangle an increasingly bizarre set of mysteries, digging through hidden laboratories, churches, and chicken shops in pursuit of the truth. The debut directorial effort from filmmaker Juel Taylor, They Cloned Tyrone freely blends sci-fi with elements of the mystery, the buddy comedy, and the crime drama, styling it all as a vibrant and energetic homage to the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s.
Filmmaker Juel Taylor will join moderator Mireille Miller-Young (Feminist Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion of They Cloned Tyrone.