The Big Short

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The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail -- and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.

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Writer/director Adam McKay joins forces with Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment to adapt Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, which centers on the housing a credit bubble of the 2000s. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast

Christian Bale
as Michael Burry
Steve Carell
as Mark Baum
Ryan Gosling
as Jared Vennett
Brad Pitt
as Ben Rickert
Marisa Tomei
as Cynthia Baum
Melissa Leo
as Georgia Hale
Finn Wittrock
as Jamie Shipley
Max Greenfield
as Mortgage Broker
Billy Magnussen
as Mortgage Broker #2
Rafe Spall
as Danny Moses
Hamish Linklater
as Porter Collins
John Magaro
as Charlie Geller
Byron Mann
as Wing Chau
Al Sapienza
as Dan Detone
Brandon Stacy
as Burry's Dad
Jeremy Strong
as Vinny Daniel
Sara Finley
as Caesar's Palace Pool Girl
Tracy Letts
as Lawrence Fields
Lindsay Musil
as Attractive Manhattan Professional
Shona Gastian
as Goldman Sachs Executive
Ruby Lou Smith
as Sales Manager
Garrett Hines
as Deutsche Bank Rep Randall
Adepero Oduye
as Kathy Tao
Wayne Pére
as Martin Blaine
Shauna Rappold
as Michael Burry's Mom
Dave Davis
as Burry's Assistant - Lewis
Aiden Flowers
as 11-Year-Old Michael Burry
Carrie Lazar
as Mark's Mom
Nicole Barré
as Woman at Party
Billy Slaughter
as Younger Agent
Mark Falvo
as Journalist
Jae Suh Park
as Michael Burry's Wife
Juliet Reeves
as Front Point Receptionist
Jeff Caperton
as Wall Street Journal Reporter
Tony Bentley
as Bruce Miller the Bull
Hunter Burke
as Young Analyst David
Jay Jablonski
as Matt Wright
Jaclyn Bethany
as Casino Patron
Elton LeBlanc
as Convention Delegate/Strip Club Drunk/Blackjack Player
Nazeema Bartek
as Analysis/Silicone Valley Manager/International Traveller
Tracy Mann
as Banker
Paula Shreve
as Lehman Brothers Banker
David Kallaway
as Game Jersey Guy
Erika Vaughn
as Journalist
Tom Buis
as Analyst
Sidney Beitz
as Sound Guy
Mike R. Moreau
as Business Executive
Stanley Wong
as Ted Jiang
Holly Ann Perry
as Cocktail Waitress
Jason Bayle
as Goldman Sachs Rep
Andrea Vittoria Alvarado
as Clothing Boutique Clerk
Kristen Scott
as Cocktail Waitress/Dancer
Tom Bui
as Analyst
Rajeev Jacob
as Deeb Winston
Leslie Castay
as Therapist
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Merrill Lynch Trader
Anthony Marble
as Therapy Businessman #1
Jack Millard
as Lehman Executive
Patrick Kearns
as Casino Security
Darly Wayne
as Crying Lehmann Bros Employee
Jesse Yarborough
as Mortgage Broker
Kelly Lind
as Font Point Receptionist
Ryan Broussard
as Trader in Club
John Neisler
as Seminar Leader #2
Cynthia LeBlanc
as Blackjack Player/Convention Delegate
Oscar Gale
as Tattoo Neck Guy
Elliott Grey
as Lehman Brothers Rep
Peter Epstein
as Paul Baum
Mark Roman
as WAMU Banker at Casino
Christopher Gulas
as Businessman
Michael Rollins
as Analyst/Investment Banker
Jay Potter
as Deutsche Rep
Christina Michelle Williams
as Banker/Airport Passenger
Alicia Davis Johnson
as Bank of America Executive
Staci Roberts Steele
as Seminar Greeter
Richard R. Corapi
as JP Morgan Employee
Colette Divine
as B Of A Lobby Security Guard
Candace McAdams
as Ceasar's Palace Pool Girl
Jamie Gliddon
as Casino Patron
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  • Jan 29, 2017
    This is by far the most entertaining movie I never understood. There is massive amount of banking and stock exchange terminology here, but the characters, writing and direction make this such a fast and fun experience that you don't even mind. The cast is fantastic, the editing outstanding, only the shaky and sometimes out of focus camera may put off some viewers. Don't let the massively complex topic scare you off, yes the movie requires some concentration, but it is very rewarding, even though you will be immensely pissed during the end credits.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2016
    These guys didn't just see the recession coming they chose to profit from it. This is punk rock economics but it's not without a conscience.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2016
    This movie is very much like Inside Job, perhaps a slightly worse example of that, in that it takes a very complex subject and tries to make it so that even the least knowledgeable person about this subject can at least get some sort of understanding as to what happened and how it happened. Though, if I'm being honest, I think this film will be slightly more difficult to follow if you're not paying attention than Inside Job. And I realize the movie had to be this way in order to maintain as close to the real-life events as possible. And there are times that the film takes liberties with the truth, but in those cases, the character breaks the fourth wall and acknowledges that that certain event didn't happen that way. The film has some clever moments like that. It's not necessarily winking, insufferable breaking of the fourth wall, it's certainly more informative. Though I am certain that there's moments where the film did take liberties and they didn't point it out. But, really, my biggest problem with the film, for the most part, is the fact that there's a lot of tech-talk. Or banker talk, whatever the term is, without really so much in the way of character development. The characters bet against the housing market and they just keep talking and finding out several layers that does reveal more intricacies of the fraud that's going on here, but it definitely does take a long-ass time to get there. And it's not like the movie is ever bad at any point, but it does take a lot of effort to stick with it during these moments where there's a lot of talk and exposition. The film is certainly funny, but it also, very heavily, condemns the people that played a part in the collapse of the American economy and, really, a collapse of the world economy. The film is never preachy, but it does highlight the unfairness at display here. The bankers and the fraud cause the collapse of the economy. But they never pay for their crimes. The people that end up cleaning up their mess are the taxpayers. Not to mention the millions of people that lost their homes and their jobs. Meanwhile the people that caused this collapse and got billions and billions of dollars to bail themselves out, use the taxpayer money to give themselves bonuses. So, while the film does make you laugh, it also does show you the very real consequences of what happened, in spite of the fact that a lot of the characters in the movie cashed in on the collapse themselves. The acting is really strong, no surprise there when you have people like Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Steve Carrell, among many others. Steve Carrell really does steal the show here and he's, realistically speaking, the only character who has any actual depth. It's not much, but at least it's something. By and large, though, I would say that this film is very good in spite of the flaws that it has going for it. I just don't think it does a great job at keeping you intrigued throughout its exposition, particularly in comparison to a documentary like Inside Job, that holds your attention from beginning to end. But I would still recommend this, it's a really damn good movie once it really gets going. It's on Netflix, so you know what to do.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 18, 2016
    Hedge fund managers conspire to get rich off of the impending 2008 financial crisis. One of the funniest movies of the year just made me mad - as I suspect was its intention. Exposing the inequities in our financial system and the political machine that supports it, The Big Short fully explains CDOs and other derivatives for the common viewer without talking down to them. While at times the film is heavy-handed (the metonym for the regulatory commissions having heavy sunglasses [she's blind, get it?]) and the film's treatment of women is a little archaic (most of the female characters are "helpers"), when this film is on, it's energetic, insightful, and incredibly well-acted. Overall, if you had trouble understanding what happened in 2008 or on the stock market, try having Margot Robbie explain it to you from a bathtub.
    Jim H Super Reviewer

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