(2016) (Miles Teller, Jonah Hill) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: Two childhood friends find success as adult arms dealers to the U.S. government.
- It's 2005 and David Packouz (MILES TELLER) is a young massage therapist living in Miami who hasn't had much success in his life. A falling out with his parents, just one semester in college and a number of failed jobs have led him to try to sell bed sheets to senior citizen homes, but even that has flopped. A chance reunion with his childhood friend, Efraim Diveroli (JONAH HILL), however, changes everything.
He's been living in Los Angeles but has returned with a new business ploy that's quickly become lucrative. Having learned that all U.S. military contracts now have to be open online bids, he's set out to win the small ones that nobody else wants or seems to care about. With financial backing from local Laundromat chain owner Ralph Slutzky (KEVIN POLLAK), he's managed to fly under the radar in fulfilling those military contract orders and now wants his old pal to join him. And the timing couldn't be any better as David has just found out his girlfriend, Iz (ANA DE ARMAS), is pregnant.
David quickly learns the ropes of the business and lands a contract with Captain Philip Santos (PATRICK ST. ESPRIT) who needs weaponry on the front lines in Iraq. When complications arise, David and Efraim arrange for his weaponry to be delivered to Jordan and then hire a local man they call Marlboro (SHAUN TOUB) to drive them and their shipment into Iraq. With the success of that, their business continues to grow, eventually to the point of attempting to bid on a huge contract. That results in them meeting arms dealer Henry Girard (BRADLEY COOPER) who has access to lots of Cold War munitions wanted by the U.S. military for the war in Afghanistan.
And when problems arise with that, David and Efraim become resourceful once again, enlisting the aid of Albanian packing and shipping businessman Enver (GABRIEL SPAHIU) to help them out. But as more complications arise and tensions rise between David and Efraim -- and David and Iz back home -- it's unclear how things will play out or how dangerous matters might become.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be, especially if the true-life story entices them and/or if they're fans of anyone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For language throughout, drug use and some sexual references.
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