The stock market is a gamble in the best of times but what happens when you risk all your money and lose? I give Money Monster a B.
Directed by Jodie Foster and starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, Money Monster isn’t based on a true story but could be. We’ve all faced a loss of money with the recent downturns. In this movie, Kyle Budwell has lost his entire savings in the stock market (along with millions of other people) based on a tip by Money TV host, Lee Gates (played by Clooney). Now he’s out for blood and takes Gates hostage on national TV. It’s up to Gates’ director, Patty Fenn to keep everyone safe while trying to solve the mystery of what really happened to the money.
Julia Roberts is great as Patty. She’s the calm voice in the storm and I like her better without the funny wig and fake smile she had in Mother’s Day. Clooney plays a person very much like himself in real life (or at least before he got married), a guy who has many friends but not real relationships. Lee Gates is an “in-your-face” TV host who mixes pop culture with stock advice. He reminded me of CNBC’s Mad Money host- Jim Cramer.
This “who-done-it” movie keeps you guessing as to what really happened to the company’s money and how they will get out of this situation alive. Filled with twists and turns, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. However the movie lacks the larger mass appeal. Without any chase scenes or nudity, Money Monster won’t appeal to everyone but is a movie you can take your parents to see. Just a warning though…it does have a strong message about greed and will make you worry a bit more about your own finances.
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