Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -1

Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf. Drama. Written by Stephen Schiff. Directed by Oliver Stone.

FILM SYNOPSIS:Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancť, Jacob, and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko -- still a master manipulator and player -- is after something very different from redemption.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Oliver Stone is a consummate filmmaker, one who harkens back to the days when story and performance were the essential special effects. Yet he never does a film where heís not passionately consumed with an agenda, often making his projects top heavy with message, honestly presented or otherwise (Nixon, W).

Here he is careful to protect this presidential administration, so he veers his attack toward big business. With his background knowledge of the subject (his dad was a Wall Street trader), his wordy but thought-generating drama does to high finance what Stanley Kubrickís Dr. Strangeloveís acerbic humor did for warmongers.

Solid cast is aided by set and art design, an effective score, and topped off by a great title, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Major problem for me: while the filmmaker avoids most objectionable language, he does allow most of his characters to profane either Godís name or Christís. Sorry, I harp on that subject a lot, I know. I canít seem to get past irreverence to God in movies.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
20th Century Fox

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Crude Language: One crude sexual comment

Obscene Language: Three obscenities, 2 s-words and one f-word

Profanity: Two profane uses of Godís name and seven of Christís.

Violence: A man commits suicide by jumping in front of a commuter train Ė it is not graphic, but still disturbing in its imagery.

Sex: The couple lives together outside marriage, she becoming pregnant, but we do not see any sexual scenes.

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Social drinking

Other: None

Running Time: 136 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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