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The Big Short (2015)

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Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

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Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry's beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption in the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 December 2015 (USA)  »

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$705,527 (USA) (11 December 2015)

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$70,235,322 (USA) (1 April 2016)
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Trivia

A montage includes a clip from the viral video The Landlord (2007), directed by Adam McKay, featuring his 2-year-old daughter Pearl McKay yelling "I want my money!" See more »

Goofs

In the scene with Selena Gomez, set in 2007, a man in the background wears a number 11 Golden State Warriors jersey in a style released in 2014. Klay Thompson, who wears number 11, was a 16- or 17-year-old high school student in 2007. See more »

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Jared Vennett: [about credit default swaps] Let me put it this way: I'm standing in front of a burning house, and I'm offering you fire insurance on it.
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Bring on the Day
Written by Kevin J. Edelman (as Kevin Edelman), Vaughan Penn, and David Rhyne
Performed by Vaughan Penn
Courtesy of Meepers Music Records
By arrangement with PEN Music Group, Inc.
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The rich get rich and the poor get evicted. Ain't we got Fun
14 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't know how Adam McKay made deplorable humans, blinding fear, gut-boiling outrage and gleeful shaming so much fun to watch. He brought along his bag o' laffs but planted them in such rich soil so we had to hack our way through the thick underbrush of tainted greenbacks and marked decks.

Everyone's in top form. Didn't recognize Brad Pitt for awhile. Ryan Gosling funniest. Christian Bale let us feel his pain and lonely genius. Steve Carell dug deep and came up with a real mensch.

Nice to see Marisa Tomei, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Finn Wittrock, Max Greenfield and talented others working at a solid level.

I walked out of the Westwood Bruin Theater in awe and mad as hell.


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