A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Exposing liars, greed, and criminal behavior. Holding people accountable for breaking the law. Not being intimidated by bullies.
Positive Role Models
The journalists featured are not intimidated by the people who try to stop them investigating Wirecard and who resort to underhand tactics to do so. Other characters lie, deceive, and break the law in an attempt to enrich themselves, but are exposed along the way.
Interviewees are predominantly White and male. International cast and more than one language spoken. Some gender and ethnic diversity among those spoken to. Multiple countries visited and shown. Those being investigated are shown to be living wealthy and luxurious lifestyles far beyond most people's means.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns fired in archival news footage. References to terrorism. Archive movie footage of a bank robbery. References to violent intimidation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to pornography. Brief image of someone in underwear.
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Language used includes "bulls--t," "bloody hell," "s--t," "hell," "bastard," "f--k," "f---ing," "pissed off," and "arse."
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Products & Purchases
Extensive discussion of attempting to make as much money as possible and financial fraud. References to gambling and making strategic investments in financial markets. Attempts to bribe journalists. Some wealthy investors are interviewed in big houses and luxurious surroundings.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcoholic drinks poured. Bottles of wine and spirits shown on table in footage of celebratory dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Skandal! Bringing Down Wirecard is an insightful documentary about the press investigation into German tech company Wirecard, which exposed its criminal activity. The true story centers around the work by Financial Times investigative journalist Dan McCrum, who does his job with diligence and integrity, and is the movie's main positive role model. Other figures who feature lie in their attempts to discredit him, and are motivated by concealing their greed and criminal activity. There are lengthy discussions about investing and deceiving others to become rich and protect business interests. While participants from the world of financial investing are also shown to be materially wealthy. Swearing is infrequent, but there are two uses of "f--k" and several of "s--t." Violence is alluded to but never shown, with some movie and news-footage gunplay used to illustrate points about how money was being laundered and invested. Sex is also alluded to briefly but not seen. The documentary is delivered in a mix of English and German, because of its setting and participants. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's notoriously difficult to make the worlds of financial trading and tech cinematic. However, Skandal! Bringing Down Wirecard, a documentary about the Financial Times newspaper's investigation into disgraced German payment company Wirecard, does its best to tell its story in a lively and engaging fashion. Based on a book by FT journalist Dan McCrum -- a likable and energetic investigative journalist -- it details how and why he became interested in the Wirecard case, flanked by a variety of players from the world of the media and finance.
There are no real surprises about the reasons that caused Wirecard's fall from grace -- a mix of greed and face-saving quickly spirals out of control. Likewise, the way in which McCrum and other journalists are bullied, slandered and, in some cases, attempted to be bribed to stop looking into Wirecard's dealings, is another depressing reminder of how so many big businesses who present themselves as respectable are not above some underhand practices. Especially if it helps them protect their profit margins and reputation. As often with true-crime documentaries, there are a few frustrating loose ends, and with some legal cases ongoing the last chapter in this story is not yet written. Still, this documentary is a brisk and insightful overview, for anyone who doesn't know the case.
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