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The Big Short

Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling

Release Date: Fri, Dec 11, 2015

MPAA Rating: R

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  1. Emanuel Baker  •  Dec 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I felt that the movie was well done: well written and extremely well acted. But I do object to the implicit blaming of Republicans for the financial disaster that occurred. (They didn’t have to specifically say “Republicans”, but in people’s minds, big business and the GOP are synonymous). There was no mention of any kind of the pressure put on the banks by Democrats to fund risky mortgages because poor people should have the opportunity to own homes. Given the requirement to fund risky loans, pooling risky loans with AAA loans was a way of minimizing any risks, and actually, a prudent thing to do. Where the banks did wrong was in ignoring the signs of the market collapse and then covering it up. This aspect was covered quite well in the movie.

    • epm54338  •  Dec 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Thanks for the review Mr. Baker. This is typical of Hollywood (and the MSM). Whenever Democrats are in charge (Japanese internment, bombing of the Chinese Embassy, the Drs. Without Borders hospital bombing in Afghanistan) calamities are blamed on the government. When GOP is in charge (Abu Ghraib, Guantanimo Bay) it’s Bush and Cheney. Washington officials in both parties were responsible for this. The film makers won’t get getting my money.

  2. David Silva  •  Jan 3, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    I watched it and never saw anyone blaming Republicans for anything. Just the government in general. Some people seem pretty paranoid around here…

  3. bigscreenlittlescreenfan  •  Jan 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Eagerly watched this movie thinking it would be a "fair and balanced" look at the largest financial collapse of the U.S. economy since the great depression. Fat chance! From start to finish it was all about slamming the banks and the "banksters" who run them. Never once was it stated, or even implied that Washington D.C. and politicians like Bill Clinton, Barney Frank, and Chris Dodd had mandated that home ownership be made available to everyone, despite poor credit ratings, being unemployed, etc. or that George W. Bush implored members of Congress to reconsider these unsecured and volatile loans. Yes, the banks (and Wall Street) saw this as an opportunity to rape and pillage, making money hand over fist along the way, but they were not alone and the fact that the only time I recall our Federal Government even being mentioned in the film was at the end when it was mentioned that D.C. helped to "bail out the banks" (something Michael Medved avidly supported/supports BTW) is a limited recounting of the facts. I know. I know. It's Hollywood. Just saying….

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