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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Heavy-themed remake not as edgy as original.

Movie PG-13 2010 127 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a average drama movie about money and family and parents you need to know that Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has some strong language used and a lot of drinking and cigar smoking this movie does have a positive message it's not about the money that makes you temporarily happy it's about family that comes first and the role models are one Gordon Gekko seems like a reformed man who can predict the economic crisis but isn't powerful enough to do anything about it and Jake is quite loyal to his mentor and idealistic about the green company he champions throughout the film.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

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The bottom line is that this sequel was wholly unnecessary. The original Wall Street, and Douglas' character specifically, became a generational milestone, the sort of movie that people quote decades years later. In this sequel, director Oliver Stone creates a much less compelling and much more sentimental story about how the nature of greed has changed in a couple of decades. All of the performances are good, but not remarkable. LaBeouf is believable as a smart and decent moneyman, and Mulligan dons an American accent beautifully to play a young woman who pretends she's past her family's tragedies and dysfunction. For a movie where Douglas receives top billing, he is once again in the film less than his younger co-star, this time LaBeouf (although Charlie Sheen's whistle-blower Bud Fox does make a short but amusing appearance).

Even though we're a consumerist culture, we're not obsessed with money in the same way we were in the '80s. This movie's messages are something every sitcom and romcom explore -- the balance between work and family; the fact that we should work to live, not live to work. We're now in the Eat, Pray, Love generation of finding meaning, finding ourselves, not finding the next big windfall. The story should've been tightened up to less than two hours (it feels overlong at 127 minutes). The brightest spots are the narcissistic hedge-fund manager played by Brolin, whose character oozes with ego, and his boss, an eccentric Wall Street legend played by 95-year-old Eli Wallach. This money-themed sequel is worth seeing, but it's not nearly as memorable a time investment as the original.

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