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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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$70,259,870 (USA)
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Christian Bale and Margot Robbie are both linked to Batman characters. Bale played Batman/Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy (2005-2012) and Robbie played Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (2016). See more »

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When Charlie and Jamie start their fund in a garage in Boulder, they use blue laptops with Microsoft logos. Those laptops didn't exist in 2007, and they still don't. They're solely for Microsoft product placement in TV and film. See more »

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Jared Vennett: [Answering call on his cell phone] Is this America's angriest hedge fund?
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References Stitchers (2015) See more »

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Written by Rodney Jerkins, Jim McCarty (as James McCarty), Paul Samwell-Smith (as Paul Samwell), Theron Thomas, and Timothy Thomas
Performed by The Pussycat Dolls
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under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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