The Founder (2016) Tuesday, 07 April 2020

The Founder (2016)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A Ray of Golden Arches.

  • Starring:

    Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, Laura Dern, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak, Linda Cardellini

  • Directed by:

    John Lee Hancock

  • Running time:

    115 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    (None.) A man slams his hands on the trunk of a car/a desk. Arguing, yelling. A man says if he saw his competitor drowning he would put a hose in his mouth. Blood/gore: (None). A man collapses. Man in hospital bed with IV drips. Diabetes mentioned.


    Couple kissing in car. Married couple in bed together (no sex/nudity). People in underwear. Flirting.


    Alcohol (spirits, beer, wine, cocktails, hip flask). Smoking. Gambling (bingo).


    One f-word, one a-word, sonsofb*tches, heck. Name-calling (hoodlums, juvenile delinquents, hick, beatnik, hothead, leech, etc.) Religious references and exclamations (damn, goddamn, what the hell, yokels, etc).


    McDonald's, Ray Kroc, franchises, travelling salesmen, business, intellectual property, risk, opportunity, persistence, ruthlessness, contracts, success, legends, history, fast food, 1950s USA, brothers, progress, standards, family, ego.


    Divorce mentioned. Plane, hospital settings. Urinals, toilet, urination. Based on a true story. Archival audio over end credits.


    Frank, finger-pointing, queasy, sublime. Smart acting, riveting/repulsive/powerhouse/drilling performance by Michael Keaton, deft/mischievous score, all-encompassing attention to period detail.


    Wishy-washy, bland, unchallenging. Somewhat slow start, never gets as biting/satirical as it could.

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