They Cloned Tyrone review: An exceptional addition to the Blaxploitation sub-genre

They Cloned Tyrone is a sci-fi comedy that follows a hustler, an entrepreneur, and a pro who uncover a government conspiracy right under their quaint little neighborhood. The film is streaming on Netflix.


Fontaine is a drug dealer who controls most of the sales in the Glen, the town where he grew up. One of his customers is Slick Charles, a pimp who manages a bunch of girls, including the highly confrontational Yo-Yo, who had dreams of being a detective when she was younger.

When Fontaine is shot up by a rival drug dealer, only to show up alive and well the next day, the trio figure that something weird is going on in the town.

They soon realize that something strange is in everything they consume, from the food they eat to the product they use in their hair to the music they listen to on the radio.

Fontaine, Charles, and Yo-Yo uncover a government conspiracy that changes their entire perspective on how to lead their lives as they work together to stick to the “man” and end the experimentation.


John Boyega plays the stoic Fontaine, a hard-nosed drug dealer who has many layers to him. Watching Boyega strut his stuff in this film is brilliant. He also plays the role of his fellow clone Chester, and his original benefactor, the older geneticist.

Teyonah Parris’s performance as the inquisitive Yo-Yo is great. She espouses the go-getter attitude of the character perfectly and balances out the two men beside her.

Jamie Foxx rounds out the trio with his remarkable comedic timing and quick wit. Foxx takes an interesting character and gives it life in the most wonderful circumstances.


The film is said to take place in a town that is experiencing a temporal dislocation. The director has succeeded in that aspect phenomenally. There are signs of different eras everywhere without it once confirming when and where they truly are.

The script is hilarious and elevated by Jamie Foxx’s improv skills. The exchanges between the characters always include references that are laugh-inducing.

They Cloned Tyrone is a visual delight with the various hues and sets on display. The striking costumes and authentic hairstyles add to the uniquely vague vibe of the Glen.

Despite being a sci-fi comedy, there is a very clear subtext about humanity included within the narrative. It isn’t a mindless romp but makes you take a second to consider your environment.


The final third of the film experiences a change of pace significantly different from the rest, and that leads to a slight imbalance. It’s slightly disappointing, especially since it is supposed to be a major climax.


They Cloned Tyrone is an entertaining mystery that is elevated by its lead performers, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx. The sci-fi caper has many humorous moments, and the creative mind of director Juel Taylor is exhibited stunningly.

They Cloned Tyrone
They Cloned Tyrone review: An exceptional addition to the Blaxploitation sub-genre 1

Director: Juel Taylor

Date Created: 2023-07-21 12:30

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