Last night I suffered through 3 hours of Wall Street corruption at it’s peak, which some consider pursuit of the hedonistic American Dream. Morals go out of the window as the story begins to unfold.
In The Wolf of Wall Street DiCaprio plays Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 22 months in prison for defrauding investors in a massive 1990s securities scheme that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including shoe designer Steve Madden.
The movie is rate R, however I think there should be a strong rating based on the following:
In the first five minutes I lost track of the number of curse words when I was shocked by a woman giving oral sex to Jordan while he was driving.
Belfort has sex with a hooker in a hotel room, then snorts cocaine and blows it into the women’s behind.
Two men have sex with women in a bathroom, one is shown getting a blow job, and the other is shown to be having anal sex.
Naomi walks in on a large orgy of gay men, all nude and in various different positions, later on she talks about how they were having sex on the couch and a man jumps off it.
A man is shown wildly having sex with a flight attendant on a plane while others cheer him on.
Several instances where women are shown fully nude.
A man is shown masturbating in the middle of a party to an attractive woman who has just walked in.
Belfort, while married to his first wife, has passionate sex with Naomi and she comments on how fast he finished.
As if that isn’t enough vulgarity, there are crude sexual jokes and nearly every swear word is used numerous times. The main characters are drunk and/or doing drugs in nearly EVERY scene.
Finally, with no condemnation of Belfort’s lifestyle, his choices and his crimes, the movie closes with a chilling snapshot of how the rich continue to rise above the system and take advantage of others. The audience will no doubt be left tired and appalled by Scorsese spending $100,000,000 on a three hour film which rages and seethes in the dark excesses of our time.