They Cloned Tyrone: Watch It Now (If You Haven’t Already)

If you’ve checked off ‘Barbenheimer’, boot up Netflix for ‘They Cloned Tyrone’ next.

They Cloned Tyrone: Watch It Now (If You Haven’t Already)

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John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx in They Cloned Tyrone

  • They Cloned Tyrone is absurd and gripping in equal parts
  • Jamie Foxx provides comic relief in this otherwise sinister thriller
  • The film is streaming now on Netflix in Dolby Vision Ultra-HD

July 21, 2023 will be known for years to come as the day of Barbenheimer - the cinematic event of the year, with two of the biggest releases of 2023 going head-to-head in a contrasting fight for dominance. However, eagled-eyed entertainment fans will have noticed that one more big release was planned on the same day, albeit with no theatre-going element. They Cloned Tyrone released straight to Netflix on July 21 worldwide, featuring John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, and Jamie Foxx in the lead roles.

Unlike the serious, cinematic masterpiece Oppenheimer and colourful, but equally hard-hitting Barbie, They Cloned Tyrone takes a rather different tone and approach. It's a sci-fi thriller set in a deliberately confusing timeline and a neighbourhood that most would choose to steer clear of. With a splash of visible grain in the picture to give the film a retro-futuristic feel, They Cloned Tyrone is in equal parts absurd and gripping.

The film features John Boyega (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) in a largely unrecognisable look as Fontaine, a small-time drug dealer in an impoverished Black neighbourhood known as the Glen. Teyonah Parris plays prostitute Yo-Yo, while Jamie Foxx plays Slick Charles, a pimp who buys drugs from Fontaine.

A rather important element in the film is the mashing up of timelines; you never quite know when this movie is taking place, and that adds to the mystery of the more sinister plot of the film which reveals itself as you go along. The cars are both old and new, the mobile phones are from about 20 years ago (there's a clear shot of the iconic original Moto Razr), and there is talk of bitcoin and cryptocurrency, never really letting you fix on a timeline.

The title of the film is itself the biggest hint that clones are involved, but how this plays into the setting of the film is quite absurd, helped along by some witty, in-character jokes by Slick Charles (Jamie Foxx). The three key characters of the film realise something is amiss in their neighbourhood, and must work against a rather strange but very dangerous organisation to take back control. Twists and turns along the way keep you hooked, along with the silly humour and absurd behaviour by the townsfolk, who seem to be drugged by a mysterious mind-control substance.

Assuming you've already been to the theatres for the great ‘Barbenheimer' event, you might want to settle in on your couch for a film this week. Give They Cloned Tyrone a chance - you won't be disappointed.

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They Cloned Tyrone

  • Release Date 21 July 2023
  • Language English
  • Genre Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
  • Cast
    Jamie Foxx, Kiefer Sutherland, David Alan Grier, John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Nick Arapoglou, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Jason Burkey, Jessica Fontaine, Joshua Mikel, Tamberla Perry, David Shae, Myrom Kingery, Jason Louder, James Moses Black, Austin Freeman, Robert Tinsley, Charity Jordan, Megan Sousa
  • Director
    Juel Taylor
  • Producer
    Jamie Foxx, Datari Turner, Tony Rettenmaier, Juel Taylor, Charles D. King, Stephen

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Ali Pardiwala
Ali Pardiwala writes about entertainment, auto, audio, video, and more for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for over a decade now. Although originally a reviewer focused on audio and television products, he has since transitioned to covering a wide variety of topics. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on ...More
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