(2017) (Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A struggling salesman sees potential in a small but successful hamburger restaurant that's systemized its operations and become wildly popular.
- It's 1954 and Ray Kroc (MICHAEL KEATON) is having a hard time making a living selling milkshake machines to restaurants, much to the dismay of his wife, Ethel (LAURA DERN), who's watched his various business ideas and schemes come and go over the years. When he hears that one hamburger joint in San Bernardino wants to buy eight of his machines for their one store, Ray drives from Arlington Heights, Illinois to California to meet the brothers who run the place, Dick McDonald (NICK OFFERMAN) and Mac McDonald (JOHN CARROLL LYNCH).
They state they're an overnight sensation that's been thirty years in the making and show Ray how they've systemized their food preparation to speed up delivery and cut costs, including being a take-out restaurant only. Having visited plenty of restaurants across the country Ray is so impressed that he tries to convince the siblings to franchise their operation, something they initially refuse due to long-distance quality control concerns.
He eventually convinces them, however, to sign an agreement where he'll sell franchises that will operate under their rules, and he gets quite good at that. His low revenue from the agreement puts him in financial straits, however, and that further shakes his already tenuous marriage, something not helped by his obvious attraction to one of his married franchise operators, Joan Smith (LINDA CARDELLINI).
But things look up when financial whiz Harry Sonneborn (B.J. NOVAK) informs Ray that he should buy the land where future stores will exist and then lease that to such owners. That move works brilliantly but also puts him at odds with Dick and Mac who become increasingly concerned about the control he's gaining over the business. From that point on, Ray becomes ever more ruthless in his business dealings as his company grows by leaps and bounds.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast or might be interested in the history of McDonald's.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For brief strong language.
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