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Movie Review: Wolves of Wall Street

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Written by Ramiro Rodriguez

Posted on 02 February 2014

6Oh3AiadjEQtwAfF0O6H0EA5MWQWolves of Wall Street is the 2002 film by director David DeCoteau starring Jeff Branson, Louise Lasser, and William Gregory Lee. This is the story of Jeff Allen (Lee) who becomes a part of one of the most cutthroat brokerage firms in Manhattan and slowly learns the dark secret behind their immense success. This film should not be confused with the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street, as one of these films is about a series of financial predators who animalistically devour the weak and less ferocious individuals of Wall Street, while the film in this review is about werewolves.

Jeff Allen is a young man looking for a job as a stockbroker in New York but is unable to find a job due to his lack of relevant work experience. As he recants his lack of luck at the job search in a bar to bartender Annabelle Morris, he receives the phone number of a senior partner of the Wolfe Brothers brokerage firm and receives an interview and shortly after, an offer for a training position where he will be pitted against four other new brokers in hopes of a position with Wolfe Brothers. After an intense two weeks of work at the firm Jeff receives the broker position and begins a relationship with Annabelle, who is reluctant as she has seen how brokers can be changed by their job. After a celebratory night of drinking with the other brokers and the senior partner he interviewed with, the night takes a sudden and dark turn as he is bitten in the next by one his coworkers in sight of the full moon. Jeff begins blacking out around the time of the full moon, his relationship suffers as he learns his boss once had a relationship with Annabelle, and he becomes more and more animalistic as Wolfe Brothers introduces him to levels of hedonism he had never known of before. Eventually, he wants to leave the firm, but as far as Wolfe Brothers is concerned, his job is a lifetime appointment, however short that may turn out to be.

Wolves of Wall Street is an incredibly dull movie devoid of suspense, excitement, or even the unintentional humor typically found in equally terrible B-movies. There are simply no positive things to say about this film. The plot is uncompelling, the characters are unlikeable, and there is no action at all. Anyone wanting to see werewolf stockbrokers fight in the middle of Wall Street, a scene which would have redeemed this movie, will be disappointed as there are exactly as many scenes with werewolves in this film as there are in Titanic. The only possible reason for watching this film in its entirety is to not lose face after mistakenly buying the dvd for it while thinking this was Wolf of Wall Street, and even then the dvd will probably see more use as a drink coaster.

Comments 

#1
Marissa Cellinetti 08 February 2014
Nope, I wouldn’t recommend the film to anyone. The wolf of wall street is bad. Not because it’s provocative but because it’s disgusting and offensive for no reason. Its misogyny is not an exposure or a critique, it’s a display. The message it pretends to be sending is just an excuse for the provocation that will guarantee some eyeballs, it doesn’t really criticize what it is portraying in any meaningful way nor does it expose how harmful it is to the women surrounding its ahole protagonist, who is the only one that matters and the consequences for him are the only consequences that matter.
#2
Marissa Cellinetti 08 February 2014
All that stays with you are the images of women used as objects, like in porn and this guy having a good time until he is not. They simply make sure that the film leaves an impression to boost its oscar chances even if that impression is through meaningless, misogynistic, degrading imagery and language. Bothering to critique or expose the injustice of things must be too much for the dumb audience they assume they have I guess