(2013) (Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: A 1990s era stock broker builds his investment firm to wild success, but must contend with his own decadence, raging ego, and a federal agent who's determined to bring him down.
- It's the 1980s and Jordan Belfort (LEONARD DiCAPRIO) is a Wall Street broker who's learned a thing or two about trading as well as the perks of the business from his boss and mentor, Mark Hanna (MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY). But then the market crashes, Hanna's firm closes shop, and Jordan finds himself unemployed and needing to support himself and his wife, Teresa (CRISTIN MILIOTI).
He finds that chance selling penny stocks for a small investment house and quickly uses his previously honed skills to build up his success. Along with his new and eager-to-be-rich associate, Donnie Azoff (JONAH HILL), he then starts his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, and proceeds to hire a bunch of drug pushers, such as Brad (JON BERNTHAL), as his new sales staff.
It's not long before he's wildly successful, parlaying their success of selling to small time investors over into going after the rich and conning them into buying what are otherwise nearly worthless penny stocks that will never amount to anything. With his success going to his head, and becoming a drug addict alongside Donnie, Jordan dumps Teresa for the younger Naomi Lapaglia (MARGOT ROBBIE), and even hires his own father, Max (ROB REINER), to come work at his ever-growing firm known for its unorthodox style and extravagant parties.
That success eventually draws the attention of the feds, with Agent Denham (KYLE CHANDLER) beginning his investigation of Jordan and his firm. But fueled by his wealth, the drugs he takes and a raging ego, Jordan believes he's above the law. From that point on, it's a question of whether he'll be able to stay one step ahead of the feds, including by getting creative with his wealth.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Leo will certainly draw some, while the very adult material might be enticing to other teens. Preteens will likely have little to no interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For sequences of strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language throughout, and for some violence.
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