Wall Street Money Never Sleeps

Posted on September 26, 2010


For years, I’ve said Gordon Gekko’s statement “Greed is Good” in the 1987 Wall Street was the beginning of life imitating art and the downfall of WS. In this new version, Gekko (Michael Douglas) is seven years out of prison and on the circuit tour promoting his new book “Is Greed Good?” when he meets his soon to be son-in-law, Jake (Shia LaBeouf), an up and coming investment broker. Showing a softer side, Gekko says he only wants to repair his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan with the bangs). She’s all he’s got left after the death of his son due to…drugs…and he uses the word cancer several times as a comparative in the financial world.
There’s a glitzy black-tie affair with the Wall street powerhouses and enough jewelry to fund health care for the next ten years. There are a number of good performances in this – Frank Langella; Eli Wallach wheezing along; Susan Sarandon as Jake’s real estate mother; and Josh Brolin.
It’s a movie everyone should see as it shows our world as it was in 2008 and, gosh, may even be still today. The stock market is built and runs on rumors and lies, driven by egos and greed. My investment advice is look to Tempur-Pedic.

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