Movie Review: ‘The Last Black Man In San Francisco’

Review by Monique Thompson

STARRING: JIMMIE FAILS, JONATHAN MAJORS, DANNY GLOVER, TICHINA ARNOLD, MIKE EPPS

RATED: R

Jimmie and his best friend Mont try to reclaim the house built by Jimmie’s grandfather, launching them on a poignant odyssey that connects them to their past, even as it tests their friendship and sense of belonging in the place they call home.

THE LAST BLACK MAN IN SAN FRANCISCO is a bit slow, but the A24 drama centered around the lives of two childhood friends in the Bay Area seem to somehow still garner attention. Jimmie, accompanied by his best friend Mont, desires to take back the home he thinks his grandfather built. Jimmie is destined to do whatever it takes to reclaim the property, even if that means illegally occupying the space.

While the film certainly pays homage to the beautiful city of San Francisco, there’s a lot of hidden imagery that highlights the gentrification of the city. Both characters of Jimmie and Mont are dreamers but each are destined to chase their passions.

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