The Big Short Thursday, 09 July 2020

The Big Short

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    Plenty to brag about.

  • Starring:

    Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carrell, Brad Pitt, Rudy Eisenzopf, Casey Groves, Marisa Tomei, Rafe Spall, Anthony Bourdain, Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez

  • Directed by:

    Adam McKay

  • Running time:

    130 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide (jumping) implied. Hitting own head with drumstick, object dropped. Verbal threats ("I'm going to bash his head in", etc). Suicide (sibling), Chernobyl mentioned. Arguing, shouting. Rifle range practise (semi-automatic rifles, handguns, targets with Osama bin Laden's face). Picture of police in riot gear, photos of people in handcuffs, photos of returning soldiers. Fraudulent behaviour. Blood/gore: Glass eye, weeping eye. Smashed face, dark thoughts, losing eye in childhood mentioned.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Near-nude women, exposed breasts/midriffs, cleavage, miniskirts. Swimwear. Woman in bath (nudity implied). Kissing, provocative dancing. Sexual-themed song lyrics. Strip club setting.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Medication consumed (Tums). Alcohol (champagne, wine, beer, spirits, cocktails). Smoking (cigarettes, cigars). Being medicated discussed. Zoloft, Xanax, weed mentioned. News segment discussing sportsmen taking performance-enhancing drugs. Bar setting.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling, taunting, racial/cultural ingorance. Slang for genitals and bodily fluids. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Fraud, corruption, greed, Global Financial Crisis (GFC), credit, high finance, housing, debt, unemployment, profiting from others' misfortune, bankruptcy, job loss, therapy, social awkwardness, anger management, paranoia, homelessness.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Job loss, mysophobia. Images of boarded-up/abandoned houses, people crying, poverty, forced homelessness. Unemployment figures, financial loss numbers quoted. Dead brother (suicide), dead father (violent crimes) mentioned. Strip club, bar settings. Raw seafood, mouldy bread. Alligator, dog. Spitting. Colonic appointment, urine mentioned. Based on the book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis. Fast-moving camerawork can be nauseating.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Exuberant, funny, witty, energetic, absorbing, entertaining, satirical, engaging, accessible, dense, cathartic, inventive, intellectual, ambitious, surreal, outraged. Terrific cast, sturdy/wonderful/showy performances, celebrity cameos, adept screenplay, effective supporting cast.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Preachy, busy, overlong. Mass of information/explanation and frantic cinematography can be exhausting, some gags/characters don't land.

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