The Wolf Of Wall Street
We know exactly what happened. During the holiday break, you took the kids to see Frozen or you plunked down the full movie fare for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, which resulted in you ignoring The Wolf of Wall Street as just another Wall Street movie. Here are a few reasons you should not resume your life on Monday until you watch this movie.
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio
A few years ago, the rated R, Porky's-like movie returned with a vengeance and Jonah Hill made a name for himself playing the chubby stoner in this revamped genre. So who cast him opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in this award-nominated flick? We're not sure whose idea it was, but it was brilliant. These two together are magic.
The wolf and his pack live a life of excess and women are a cornerstone of that lifestyle. Naomi causes problems in Jordan's marriage, but does she end up being the one? (We'll give you three guesses, and the first two don't count.)
This movie is not a comedy, but you will find yourself laughing through much of it. A word of caution — you will hear yourself laughing at really inappropriate situations, but the good news is so will others in the theater.
As Jordan's dad (played exceptionally well by Rob Reiner) points out, his son's lifestyle is "obscene." It's sort of fun to ride along with Jordan and his band of misfits in the beginning when they strike it rich, and live vicariously through their massive wealth.
This film doesn't do much to dispel the myth that Wall Street is run by a pack of sociopaths. We've seen stock traders in action before in the movies and it always makes us ask the same question — who in their right mind wants to make a living like that? There's got to be a better way. The Wolf of Wall Street also doesn't do much to dispel the myth that if you are making copious amounts of cash, you are more than likely doing something illegal.
This feature is an in-your-face example of why being rich is better — until it isn't. Folks in this position live large, and they implode largely. It's fascinating how many people aspire to phenomenal wealth with so many cautionary tales out there. But we don't want to give too much away, so just make sure if you haven't seen The Wolf of Wall Street that you correct the error of your ways this weekend.
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