“Dumb Money” is based on the true story of the rise and fall of GameStop stock in 2021. I vividly remember being glued to the news during this time because of the pandemic. In between watching reports on the coronavirus, there news stories on how GameStock shares were climbing higher and higher. What I didn’t really understand, and what the movie expertly lays out, is how this was a battle between the business savvy hedge fund investors and the “little guys.”
“Dumb Money” is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall video game store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.
So, what does the term “dumb money” mean? Check out the clip below that describes the type of people who are “smart money” and the investors who are “dumb money.”
America Ferrera plays Jenny, a single mom and small-time investor, who is trying so desperately to get out from under her mountain of debt. She blindly follows Keith Gill’s investment strategy, much to the chagrin of her coworker.
Ken Griffin (played by Nick Offerman) and Gabe Plotkin (Seth Rogen) are hedge fund investors that are so filthy rich that it is easy to root against them in the film.
The person at the center of it all is Keith Gill, played by Paul Dano, who you can’t help but cheer for because he is taking on Wall Street. Shailene Woodley stars as Keith’s wife and Pete Davidson is Keith’s foul-mouthed brother.
The movie is rated R with good reason. You’ll hear a lot of F-bombs and wild dialogue throughout the movie. The pulsating music that plays throughout is raunchy at times and speaks to the time period. One of the characters played by Anthony Ramos does a TikTok dance to a song that is instantly recognizable. The music, memes and GIFs shown in the movie serve to heighten the crazy drama.
While I found the movie interesting to watch, I did pause it a couple times to look up some things on the internet. This is coming from someone who understands only about 70% of the business terminology on Succession, lol!
“Dumb Money” is available now on Digital and is coming to Blu-ray and DVD later this year.
Digital Extras include:
- Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty
- Diamond Hand Ensemble
- Join the Cast & Discover the Insane True Story!
- Deleted Scenes
- Filmmaker Commentary
“Dumb Money” is rated R.
“Dumb Money” has a run time of 105 minutes.
Visit the official movie website here for more information.
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