Wednesday, December 25, 2013

  • Opens December 25, 2013 
  • 2 hr 59 min
  • R | Graphic Nudity, Drug Use, Language Throughout, Some Violence and Strong Sexual Content

The Wolf of Wall Street is yet another masterpiece by Director Martin Scorses that is award bound due to the superb acting by its cast.  This time around Scorses explores another seedy element of society, namely Wall Street, with his trademark, sex, drugs and profanity laced plot that will have you engrossed or disturbed.  And quite appallingly, most of what you will see did happen, as the movie is based on Wall Street con artist Jordan Belfort's memoir.

Despite the dark nature of the film, the black comedy will have you laughing out loud at the absurdity that these powerful men lived their lives in the heyday of the stock market.  From the amount of coke ingested to keep themselves sharp, to midget throwing and head shaving, these adolescent minded men shows that money can buy anything.  While these things didn't draw the attention of the FBI, their pump and dump schemes pilfering the coffers of the lower and middle class did.

The movie however starts and ends with Jordan Belfort played exceptionally well by Leonardo DiCaprio.  Ambitious and cocky, his downfall comes at his own hands, showing that money cannot buy the FBI.  Throughout the film, his character often breaks the fourth wall to quite amusingly make a point about his affluence or innocence.  DiCaprio's talent is showcased at its best when his character overdoses on expired prescription drugs leaving him as he describes like he has "cerebral palsy."

Besides DiCaprio, you can't help but praise (or drool over) Margot Robbie.  The stunning actress plays Belfort's second wife, Naomi.  She has the second best scene when she tells Jordan repeatedly that this is the last time he will be sexual with her.  That particular scene is extremely powerful and touching and should earn her an award in my opinion.  Matthew McConaughey is hilarious in the beginning, but unfortunately, his role is limited to Jordan's early life as Jordan's mentor, Mark.  Jonah Hill who plays Jordan's partner Donnie, whose role challenges him more than his usual comedies but still does not does enough to make him stand out more than his previous film roles.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film despite its long almost three hour film time.  The film is action packed enough to not have too many lulls to keep you interested in the film.  There is quite a bit of redundancies as far as repeating the fact that these guys party hard, which they did in real life.  The film is quite a contrast to the Boiler Room (2000) which was also based on Stratton Oakmont and Jordan Belfort.  Because of the excessive sex and drug use scenes, this movie is not for everyone.

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars



  • Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
  • Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff
  • Margot Robbie as Naomi Lapaglia
  • Matthew McConaughey as Mark Hanna
  • Kyle Chandler as Patrick Denham
  • Rob Reiner as Max Belfort
  • Jon Bernthal as Brad Bodnick
  • Jon Favreau as Manny Riskin
  • Jean Dujardin as Jean-Jacques Saurel
  • Cristin Milioti as Teresa Petrillo
  • Christine Ebersole as Leah Belfort
  • Shea Whigham as Captain Ted Beecham
  • Katarina Čas as Chantalle
  • P. J. Byrne as Nicky Koskoff
  • Kenneth Choi as Walter
  • Joanna Lumley as Aunt Emma
  • Spike Jonze as Dwayne
  • Brian Sacca as Robbie Feinberg
  • Ethan Suplee as Toby Welch
  • Martin Klebba as Frank Berry
  • Madison McKinley as Heidi
  • Barry Rothbart as Peter Diblasio

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