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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas is back in his OscarĀ®-winning role as one of the screen's most notorious villains, Gordon Gekko. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Heavy-themed remake not as edgy as original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Wall Street drama is not R-rated like the original, probably so that star Shia LaBeouf's considerable teen appeal can have maximum impact. The themes, however, are still just as heavy: money, the global economy, politics, family dysfunction. The language is strong (including "f--k"), and there's plenty of consumerism, but the sexuality is tamer than in the first. Ultimately the message is that although money makes the world go round, you need your family more than a seven-figure bank account.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about greed and materialism. What does Gordon mean when he says "greed is legal" now? Why is Breton's number "more"? In the end, do Jake and Winnie care more about money or their family?
  • What kinds of consumer products were featured in this movie? How does the movie's anti-consumer message merge with the product placements and celebration of wealth seen in the film?
  • How does Gordon change in this story? Is he still as greedy and manipulative by the end of the film as he is at the beginning?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Brilliant plot that looks at Wall Street traders in the brink of the global banking crisis. A young trader's (Shia) mentor dies and he seeks revenge on the corporations that brought his company down. He teams up with his future father-in-law and disgraced trader Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who is just released from prison, after serving 8 years for insider trading. Great cast - Shia, Michael, Susan, Carey and Josh. Michael who won an Oscar for his original role, still commands your attention on screen as charming and humorous as always. Shia though still young and fresh faced has transformed from his earlier teen roles into a solid and mature performance. Beautiful setting in New York, the playground of the rich and powerful. There's a cameo by Charlie Sheen who was in the original movie.

- thmtsang, Sunday, November 27, 2011

3 stars

I was pretty split on this movie...I really couldnt decide weather I liked it or not. I mean it totally resontates with the time period as the Original did back in the 80s.This of course is NOT ANYWHERE CLOSE to the original but it still had its moments...I absolutely LOOVED the scene between Michael Douglas and Martin Sheen in the middle of the movie...I think thats what made me like this movie a bit more. And the fact that is was OLIVER STONE who came back to direct. So it really is a sequal. Carey Mulligan was excellent as always and Shia LaBeouf was suprisingly good. It wouldnt hurt to go out and watch this one if you enjoyed the original.

- MissMorganLeee, Friday, October 22, 2010

3 stars

Well this isn't the straight to the shops sequel I expected it to be, I got that impression from the off the minute I heard about it which is no surprise judging by today's efforts and fast food films. Despite this its not too bad and isn't a cheap knock off, its well made and looks as slick as Gekko himself hehe The cast is probably the best thing about the film with Douglas, Brolin, Sarandon, Wallach, Langella and er...LaBeouf who does do a reasonable job but just doesn't look the part in anyway a tall, a man child like DiCaprio used to be. The plot is decent but very predictable and has a 'Usual Suspects' style ending if ever I saw one. Its a nice revenge story (unsurprising) but anyone can see Gekko is up to no good and Brolin's 'James' will fall short at the end, the Sheen cameo was kinda forced and unneeded but Langella was triumphant while he lasted :)

- phubbs1, Monday, October 11, 2010