Skip to comments.Review: Wolf of Wall Street
Posted on 12/25/2013 9:37:42 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
My husband and I and 2 friends walked out of "Wolf of Wall Stret", the new DiCaprio flic, about 10 minutes into the movie. We absolutely could not stand the constant barrage of obscene language and visuals. I have never seen anything so obnoxious in my life and refused to ruin Christmas Day with such garbage.
We complained at the box office and got our money back. Now, I'm about ready to write to the movie theatre and newspaper to warn others about this offensive movie. The interesting thing is that I'd seen a trailer for this movie last week, and it didn't look anything like this.
Has anybody else seen this movie?
Do what I do.... go no higher than PG or make it a classic film. (throw out your tv and just bookmark FR, Redstate, Drudge, and your favorite religious sites...situation fixed.)
I wont be watching this film, heard today its full of anti capitalist garbage..wont be wasting my time on this
Word of warning: the theatre where we walked out of the DiCaprio film also showed a trailer for an upcoming comedy called “Bad Words” about some adult entering a kids’ spelling bee. That was also a constant stream of offensive language, much of it aimed at children.
What’s up with Hollywood? Who approves these story lines, and how do they get in theatres. The DiCaprio film was rated “R”. I think that it should be “X”. I don’t know the rating for Bad Words, but it also should be X. The theatre claims that it asks for IDs and doesn’t allow kids under age 17 in. I say BS. Nobody checks IDs. We go there regularly and usually one of us buys the tickets for all 4. Nobody checks to see who actually uses the tickets. nybody has access to the lobby where they wait for the person who has all 4 tickets to enter the theatre.
That is my usual practice — no higher than PG 13. But, the trailers made this film look interesting. They were short, mild, and said something about a stock trader working with the Feds to expose anti investor practices. Don’t know because I couldn’t get through the pro drug, anti woman, anti decency, anti capitalist, obscene invective.
BTW, the theatre was packed. We made quite a ruckus by leaving.
We saw Saving Mr Banks with the family. It was very good! It’s not for young kids, but my 17 year old daughters loved it. My 19 year old son who likes action flicks liked it.
I thought Tom Hanks did a good job of capturng Walt Disney.
Were going tomorrow night. The language does not bother me although sometimes I think they do go overboard. Six of us are going. We will give you a review afterwards.
I watched the promo on IMDB and the story looks so over the top and improbable that it’s an insult to your intelligence. I’ll wait to see it when I can take it out from my library at no charge. Only one hint of vulgarity in the promo.
It was non stop vulgarity. DiCaprio snorting cocaine out of some woman’s bare butt was the last straw for me. I would have gotten up even sooner, but I was trapped against the wall in the theatre.
I would not waste my money, or my soul, on this piece of garbage.
See #9. Don’t waste your soul on this piece of pornography. See something uplifting instead.
The “R” rating to “X”, is a cliff in the industry.. The only reliable ratings are, “G”, and “X, IMHO.. Knowing they couldn’t bluff a PG 17, which is the safer bet to draw the teen market and adults, thus the most reliable movie market.. They push the envelope on the middle ratings..
PG, loses the Millennials, and older adults, PG 13 is a dud with only families with grown children as the only available target, today’s teens hate this rating in recent years, and you are correct, no one challenges the younger costumers unless it is so obvious that other adults will/might, complain..
Saw “Saving Mr. Banks” last week and I loved it. Walt Disney will be Tom Hanks in my mind forever. I agree with you on the age recommendation. Banks would be hard to take for any child who has to deal with alcoholism in their own family.
Rush talked about it last week and about how Leonard DiCrapio wanted to show the world how evil capitalists were. That’s all I needed to know.
Rarely, if ever, do I watch something that comes out of Hollywood but, when I do, it is usually by the time it has reached the cheap DVD section and I’ve already heard about it.
My computer won’t play the promo, and the version I saw was in the theatre last week attached to “Saving Mr. Banks”, which was PG. They must have taken all of the offensive stuff out of that version. I was blindsided.
Charlie Gasparino (Fox Business commentator) said that he refused to see it. That is the only thing I’d heard about it, other than the mild, sanitized promo that I saw last week. Gasparino would not explain his objection — just something about how he “works on Wall Street, and I love those guys”.
Is anyone else tired of Scorsese putting DiCaprio in ALL his movies? He used to have De Niro as his leading man. Quite a step down, IMO.
No accounting for people's taste, is there? (Unless they were all suckered in there like I was.)
At least with DeNiro, you got a new character with most every movie. DiCapprio tends to portray slight variations of the same character. Either the director likes his lead actors Italian, or he is waiting for another Titanic sweep at the box office.
This is less a review than it is a reaction to that film, but thanks for the warning. Should be rated VO for Vulgarians Only.
Saw Walter Mitty today. It was good in spite of Sean Penn’s brief performance. The scenery was fantastic! Stay away from We’re the Millers. Non stop f-bombs and graphic nudity. Friends rented it and we really like them or we would have walked. The poor wife was hiding her face in the couch out of disgust and embarrassment for half of the movie. Very surprising considering Jennifer Aniston was in it.
I can’t figure out what’s with Scorsese’s obsession with casting DiCaprio as the lead in ALL his movies lately. Seriously, this is the guy who directed Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Cape Fear, etc., etc. Just TRY to picture those movies with the teen heartthrob from Titanic in the title role. Yeah, DiCaprio in a mirror barking “Are you talkin’ to me?”
Tim Burton has a similar obsession with putting Johnny Depp in all his movies regardless of the story or characters, but at least in that case it’s a weirdo who likes working with another weirdo. To go from De Niro to DiCaprio and be thrilled with the casting change... Scorsese HAS to be doing some good drugs. No wonder he likes “Wolf of Wall Street”!
The very vulgar actions of Wolf on Wall Street may turn off too many viewers in the long run, though.
Stop being naive. You’re seeing a Scorsese gangster flic. Goodfellows a great mob flic had the most swear words of any movie. What did you expect? He directed Casino the story of the infamous Chicago gangster Nicky Spilotro. Go see a Disney flic...whatever.
I will parapharse churchill here.
I think capitalism is the worst form of and economy, except for all the other forms of economies.
So, I think it would be easy to point out cases of capitalism gone awry especially on Wall Street.
So, I think the poor depiction of capitalism on Wall Street could be a valid one, especially if it concerned only a few.
Now a total systemic condemnation of wall street and capitalism would be wrong, I think one can find certain instances where it has gone awry.
I refuse to go to a movie theater. I haven’t been in one for 15 years.
Today’s movie prices are obscene, the concession prices are stratospheric,and the ultimate insult is the Hollywood garbage presented as “entertainment”.
If I want to be entertained, I’ll play a DVD made by movie makers who knew their craft, screen writers that could write,and actors who could act.
The movie is based on the memoir of a rise-to-the-top, then destruct, Wall Street success story of the 1980s. The drug use, vile language, explicit and over the top sex and insanely out of control life styles are portrayed in an appropriate way for the story. People, real people, have become commodities, a cash crop of sorts for these Wall Street success stories.
I liked the movie, a lot. Scorese tells the story very graphically. He doesn't moralize. The viewer can do the moralizing. The story brings the audience along so that we realize the people got sucked in and while on that ride the moral aspects of it bacome irrelevant. The viewer is forced to ask himself...when would I say no to that ride? Were those being exploited part of it, since the first ingredient to being exploited is greed? (these are questions I ask, Scorese doesn't ask them for us)
It's not pro or anti capitalism. It tells the story, a true one, of greed and excess. Nobody walked out of the theater I was in. Everybody seemed absorbed. I give the movie four stories because it makes us think about greed and excess, those things that are still destroying our excuse of a civilization today.
I've got to laugh. De Niro is a one dimensional over rated actor. Plays the same character in every movie.
I judged the movie highly offensive when I read about DiCaprio receiving a lit candle up his an!s by some masochist
If that’s not a word picture review for the movie, I don’ know what is!
With all due respect, it was a Martin Scorcese film. What did you expect?
So, Tom Hanks not only rescued Private Ryan but now Mr. Banks as well......
Today’s R movies should all be rated X. Or XXX.
We quit going to R movies over 20 years ago. Since then R has gone from soft porn to hard porn.
As predicted, simply part of the plan to destroy our nation morally from the inside, lower the moral bar until we collapse morally as a people - which is already occurring.....
Didn’t realize that (Scorcese) and I can’t say that I have ever seen one of his films.
Exactly my point.
See #26 and #33.
No cinema I've been to in 10 years even has a way to police who enters a particular theater. Your tickets are taken where you enter one of the two wings. Once in you go into whatever theater you choose.
I guess we did too. I expected some language, sex, and violence -- but NOT this. Why is it that actors are not even shown smoking cigarettes these days, but people applaud when they are depicted engaged in all kinds of degrading acts? (That's a rhetorical question...)
We were not the only people who walked out, BTW.
See #36. That comment was meant for you.
Or Tony Spilotro...
He’s famous for hyperviolent and hypervulgar films: Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, Casino, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York, the Departed, Shutter Island...
My son who is now 24 and working for a brokerage firm wanted to go see the movie. We went with the Wife and also the 18 year old son. My My what filth. Having to sit next to your 18 year son on one side and his Mother sitting next to the 24 year old as we watched non stop sex,drugs, cussing, sex, drugs, non stop cussing over and and over again.
Big mistake going with our two sons. I am sure they have seen it all before but this movie should have been either NR or X rated.
No wonder it has been about two years since I was in a movie theater.
I never saw any of those films. They didn’t appeal to me. Something in the ads turned me off. But, I was blindsided by “Wolf”. Thinking back, it is probably because the trailer that I saw was attached to “Saving Mr. Banks”. It was abbreviated and rather mild. (You know that disclaimer that they always show: “This preview has been approved for audiences...”) I must have seen the PG 13 trailer!
BTW, Saving Mr. Banks was very good, although it dealt with a very serious and very deep problem. I don’t think that I’d recommend it for kids who are dealing with alcoholic, or abusive, parents — or, maybe it would be good therapy, although painful.
Fox News reviewer gave it 5* BUT said it was a Double R movie. Be Warned. 5 yrs ago it would have been rated X
Understood. Just letting you know that if you see the movie is one of his, nine times out of ten it’s going to be a very hard R rated film, full of cursing and violence.
(Though you might like his movies “Hugo” and “the Aviator.”)
Could be worse... He could be promoting Jonah Hill as his lead.
Did you read the reviews for the film ? They were pretty upfront about the explicit scenes in it.
i'd save my last straw for something better'n that
I’ve seen both Hugo and the Aviator and enjoyed both of them, although Hugo was rather odd. I didn’t think of them as “Martin Scorcese” films, however. I never think of films categorized by director, or producer. The story and the cast are what appeal to me. I’ll be more careful in the future and stay away from anything Scorcese.
My husband and I enjoy the movies, although our tastes run more to English dramas and comedies — what we call “dialogue” films.
In the last 2 weeks we’ve seen “The Book Thief”, “The Christmas Candle”, “Philomena”, and “Saving Mr. Banks.” and enjoyed all of them. “Saving Mr. Banks” was deeper than I expected — not a kiddie movie at all, but very well done. “Philomena” took its expected slaps at the Catholic Church, but surprised me with its gratuitous (and undeserved) slap at Ronald Reagan. “The Christmas Candle” was a little silly and did not make good use of Susan Boyle, although it was pleasant enough. “The Book Thief” was the best of all those listed, although I thought it was a little too easy on the WWII German civilians — but maybe it was just realistic.
I checked the synopsis posted by the theatre. Very mild and no clue about what was to come. My computer refused to download the trailer. That should have been a clue!
As I said earlier on this thread, the movie trailer that I did see regarding this film was shown in conjunction with “Saving Mr. Banks” last week. It must have been a sanitized version of the official trailer because it provided no clue as to what this film was going to be — one long X rated, pornographic rant.
It was Christmas, and I was occupied doing other things yesterday. We were going to go see “Walter Mitty”, but its reviews were so bad that we changed our minds. My husband wanted to see “Grudge Match” and I said that I had no desire to see a couple of old men play smash face.
I’ll warn you about another upcoming film — “Bad Words”. They showed the trailer before “Wolf” and people were actually booing, it was so bad.
That movie seems to be about an adult (???) male who wangles his way into an 8th grade spelling bee. It is non stop filthy language — much of it aimed at children and then repeated by those same children.
But, the same people who booed the Bad Words trailer sat transfixed by the Wolfe movie. At least one other person walked out with us, although others could have left later. I wouldn’t know.