Upon reading up a little bit about The Wolf of Wall Street, I was surprised to find out that the film was originally given an NC-17 rating. Now with MPAA cracking down on film ratings and descriptions, giving a film a NC-17 rating is a tad taboo, and I was shocked that this film would receive such a mark.
That being said…..it should have stayed at NC-17. The Wolf of Wall Street, based on a true story, is one of three films I have actually walked out on. As a religious moviegoer, I rarely find myself in this situation.
If this is how wall street wants to be represented then we are in a sad state of affairs. Vulgar doesn’t even begin to describe the first scene, depicting Jordan Belfort (Dicaprio) using illict drugs among other things. After the initial shock of witnessing the rest of the scene, I assumed it would progress with a strong plot. I was wrong.
The sex, drugs and other horrendous activities would have been better justified if the story was actually good. The characters seemed unrealistic due to the over-the-top lavish lifestyle that they were bankrolling. It seemed false and overdone, and after the first 15 minutes you got the point. This film served to show what lenghts Belfort and his company engaged in to swindle investors with fraudulent stock sales. Even though Jonah Hill and Leonardo Dicaprio were in this film, they couldn’t mask the gratuitous sex and ridiculousness.
Upon researching Belfort, he did have a downfall, being indicted on securities fraud and money laundering. However, he only spent 22 months in prison. What is the most disgusting part of Belfort’s crime is, he stole and swindled millions of dollars and was ordered to pay $110 million in restitution but he has reportedly only paid $244,000 over that past four years. Between his two books and the film rights, he has reportedly made more than $2 million. Good thing the government isn’t even holding him in default of his payments! So who says crime doesn’t pay?
Save your money and agony and just rent Boiler Room, which was inspired by a notary of Belfort’s firm. Its far better and far less uncomfortable.
Award Prediction: Dicaprio could win for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical because the voters love him and Martin Scorcese together.