Thoughtful, muted, intelligent and terrifying tale of one financial firm in the beginning 36 hours of the 2007-2008 financial crisis. Margin Call is an excellent study of humans in the face of the wreckage they will knowingly cause. Although the dialogue is dense and erudite, it doesn't really matter- the movie doesn't care if you understand what the characters are saying, instead what matters is that you get what they are feeling when there are no good options left. The movie skips along at alternately breakneck and crawling speeds yet, somehow, never seems to be moving too fast or too slow. It is engaging and fascinating, definitely for anyone who wants to understand the mentality of those responsible for the recession.
However, there is a LOT of profanity. Over 60 uses of the f word alone, not to mention s-, p-, and even, in one instance, the c-word. Smoking and drinking is extensive. I was also dismayed at the ratio of female characters to male characters (only one major character out of a cast of 7 or 8 is female, so expect questions from discerning girls).
However, I believe that this is a good movie to watch with 16 and up, it showcases the consequences of greed and the major impact it can have on everyday life. However, with a movie like this, good luck finding any teenager who would be interested.