Hop Film


July 15, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Film season. This is an archived view.

The story of the messy Canadian start-up that put the world at your fingertips and set the frantic pace by which we all went from analog to digital.

23/24 Hop Film

BlackBerry - Official Trailer ft. Jay Baruchel & Glenn Howerton | HD | IFC Films


It wasn't too long ago that the analog world went digital. Matt Johnson's BlackBerry dramatizes that paradigm shift from the scrappy nerds on the ground floor to the corporate boardrooms high above and all the friendships and hundreds of millions of dollars gained and lost in between. Cleverly self-conscious filmmaking, which changes with the times—from a bulky, grainy VHS feel to a sleek digital sheen—aids a propulsive and humorous script that finds the company as often on the precipice of sudden collapse as on the verge of ludicrous success. Glenn Howerton, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, dons a bald cap and plays against type as a supercharged, short-fused corporate shark bent on devouring everything in his path, and a few hapless nerds with an ingenious invention are standing right in front of him.

D: Matt Johnson, Canada, 2023, 2h1m

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“Matt Johnson's very funny (but never mean) BlackBerry is the kind of mid-budget marvel that doesn’t seem to come around often anymore.”

Steph Green, IndieWire
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