41 – Margin Call (2011)

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Director: J.C. Chandor Starring: Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Paul Bettany, Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci Running time: 107 mins

Subject: Arelatively-principled Wall Street junior finishes the sums left by his abruptly fired boss and finds they add up to, “We’re fucked.” What starts as a small, “uh-oh” between office pals gets handed up the food chain until Jeremy Irons’ mercenary CEO arrives on his private helicopter and everyone becomes a symbol for philosophies about the financial crisis.

Like: When your smartest friends talk about economics and you nod to show loose understanding while quietly praying no one will test your comprehension later.

Core truth: Money talks.

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