Movie Review: Wolves of Wall Street

Wolves 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.

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