in about 100 words or less
US 179m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin
The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the real life story of Jordan Belfort, an infamous New York stock broker whose company was investigated for fraud, corruption, money laundering, obstruction of justice among other things. Portraying the excesses available to the rich in often vulgar and comedic ways, Scorsese creates somewhat of a sympathetic monster in Belfort, whose drug and sex-filled lifestyle was only surpassed by his insatiable greed and ambition. Though some have criticized this film for glorification of Wall Street criminals, such comparisons are no different from the call to sanitize gangster films of the early 1930s, which led to ridiculous forms of American censorship that persisted almost half a century (Klaus Ming February 2014).