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The Big Short (2015)

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Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

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Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry's beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption in the ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for pervasive language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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23 December 2015 (USA)  »

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The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine  »

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Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,531,026 (USA) (23 December 2015)

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$70,259,870 (USA)
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Trivia

The quotation that appears on screen, "'Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry.' - Overheard at a Washington, D.C. bar," was written by director and co-writer Adam McKay, after unsuccessfully searching for the perfect quotation to use for that segment. See more »

Goofs

When Porter and his coworker visit the failing housing subdivision outside Miami, a home under construction has conventional wood-framed walls. The Florida Building Code has not permitted stick-built homes since 2002, due to hurricanes. Newly-constructed homes in Florida must be constructed with concrete block. See more »

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Vinnie Daniel: It's like someone hit a pinata full of white people who suck at golf.
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Referenced in NCIS: Loose Cannons (2016) See more »

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By Demons Be Driven
Written by Dimebag Darrell (as Darrell Abbott), Vince Abbott (as Vincent Abbott), Phil Anselmo (as Philip Anselmo), and Rex Brown
Performed by Pantera
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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The Best movie I've seen all year.
20 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I will keep the review simple. Although some of the financial jargon went over my head, i would say Adam McKay is a genius, to make a movie about the financial crisis this much entertaining, funny and touching that's a feat only few filmmakers can pull off, and a lot of that has to do with the tremendous cast of this movie. The Big Short has a large ensemble cast but focuses on four major players who benefited in various ways from betting against the American economy. Steve Carell gives one of the best performance of his career, Christian bale portrays the awkward lonely genius with ease. Ryan gosling is slick over the top and funny in this movie he also makes the whole thing much more interesting. Brad Pitt is kind of a good guy and the moral center. This is a must see, and needs multiple viewings to truly appreciate.


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