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The Big Short (2015)

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In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jared Vennett
... Lewis Ranieri
... Fund Manager
... Lewis Bond Trader
Harold Gervais ... Lewis Bond Trader
Maria Frangos ... Exotic Dancer
... Michael Burry
... Analyst
Bernard Hocke ... Coach
... Michael Burry's Mom
... Michael Burry's Dad
... Young Michael Burry
... Paul Baum
... Therapy Businessman
... Therapy Businessman
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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$705,527, 13 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$70,259,870

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,346,506
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This was the second film based on a Michael Lewis book that Brad Pitt produced and appeared in. The first was Moneyball (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Charlie and Jamie start their fund in a garage in Boulder, they use blue laptops with Microsoft logos. Those laptops didn't exist in 2007, and they still don't. They're solely for Microsoft product placement in TV and film. See more »

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Mark Baum: It's time to call bullshit.
Vinnie Daniel: Bullshit on what?
Mark Baum: Every fucking thing.
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Tú Y Tu Mirar, Yo Y Mo Canción
Written by Oscar Germain De La Fuente
Performed by Los Angeles Negros (as Los Ángeles Negros)
Courtesy of EMI Music Chile
under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Surprisingly fun ride!
10 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best films of the year, hands down. It was just incredible. This film takes a subject matter that could be considered boring by some, and totally draws you into it. It finds creative ways to break everything down for the audience, and makes it entertaining. I love how it's self aware, even at some points straight up going, "This isn't how it happened, but it's way more interesting this way." I love how it breaks the 4th wall, with celebrities who make cameos to explain complicated things to the audience. It's brilliant. I left this movie angry that this happened, it really gets you thinking.

Adam Mckay's script is fantastic. The characters are very well written, which every one being interesting and well developed. The film effortlessly blends comedy with drama, one minute making you laugh out loud, and and then it stops you right in it's tracks. There are some really heartbreaking moments here.

The acting is just phenomenal, and this is Steve Carell's best performance. It's just incredible. If he's not nominated an Oscar for this, it's robbery. It's easily better than his Foxcatcher performance. Christian Bale is great as well, playing the socially awkward Michael Burry. Brad Pitt with his limited screen time was great as well. Ryan Gosling is a scene stealer here, he's hilarious.

He's really the only character not struggling here, he's making money off all of it. This movie is extremely stylish, with brilliant editing that I hope wins it an Oscar. This film does everything it can to make everything fun, and it does a great job. This is as entertaining as it is thought provoking. Adam Mckay should tackle drama more often, as he did an extraordinary job with this. 9.5/10


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