Michael Douglas returns as the Wall Streeter who proclaimed, "greed is good" and ended up in jail for eight years for financial shenanigans. Now out of prison, he returns to his old life and has his sights set on a new target (Shia LaBeouf). Also with Carey Mulligan, Frank Langella, Josh Brolin, Eli Wallach and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Oliver Stone. [2:16]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman is shown wearing a nightshirt (her bare legs are seen and the outline of her breasts are visible) as she climbs into a bed with a man who is wearing boxer shorts (we see his bare chest); they kiss and talk and she caresses his chest. A man and a woman hug and kiss in several scenes.
► We see a painting of a nude woman with bare breasts, abdomen and genitals visible. We see a statue of a woman with one bare breast exposed. A man is shown wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt and a woman wears a strapped nightgown (cleavage and shoulders are shown). Women wear low-cut dresses and tops that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and backs as well as short skirts that show bare legs in a couple of night club scenes and a reception scene.
► We see two large inflated figures (they have no features) and one is on top of the other, moving rhythmically as if they are having sex.
► A woman berates her father about "the affairs." A woman tells a man, "I am never having sex with you again." A man talks about money as if it is a woman and in suggestive terms (e.g. "She's in bed with you"). A man threatens (jokingly) to tell another man's girlfriend about the "pumps and heels." A woman tells her fiancé that she is pregnant.
► Men and women are shown dancing in a couple of nightclub scenes. A man caresses the clothed, pregnant tummy of a woman.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man jumps in front of a speeding subway train (we do not see the aftermath) and as the screen goes black, we hear people screaming (we see a flashback to this scene later).
► A taxi driving recklessly on a city street nearly hits two people in a crosswalk, and then the driver yells at them. Two men race motorcycles on a winding road and one bumps the other in order to squeeze past a fallen tree (no one is injured).
► We see a Goya's painting "Saturn Devouring his Son" in a few scenes -- it shows a monster holding a decapitated body with blood at its neck.
► A woman becomes angry and throws a remote control at a TV. A man yells and tears a canvas painting over a chair back.
► We hear about a young man dying from a drug overdose (it is not clear if it was suicide). A man yells at another man and threatens him. A man yells at someone over the telephone. A man talks about someone "gutting him" and that this person "stuck the knife right in." A man says "parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth." A woman blames her father for driving her mother "mad." There are several TV reports that discuss plummeting stock values and economic downturns.
► We see three men in urinals in two separate scenes (they talk to each other but we do not hear urine or see anything).
► We see a woman who looks as if she has had botched plastic surgery. A man collects his possessions while checking out of a prison where he has been an inmate.
PROFANITY 5 - About 2 F-words, 2 sexual references, 1 obscene hand gesture, 5 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 11 mild obscenities, name-calling (dumb, crooks, wimp, sociopath, scumbag morons, hypocrite, girl genius, boy genius, barracuda, cry baby, slime, sad man, pathetic, nuts, insane, evil), 3 religious profanities, 9 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown drinking alcohol in a crowded nightclub and one man appears to be intoxicated (we see his vision become fuzzy), and a man drinks a glass of liquor in a few scenes. A man smokes a cigarette while walking on a crowded street, several men in different scenes are shown smoking cigars, and a woman smokes a cigarette.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Wall Street, chance, insider trading, family, suicide, death of a friend, death of a child, death of a sibling, the Cambrian Explosion, Evolution, securities fraud, greed, clean energy technology, deep sea oil drilling, solar energy, banking bailouts, estranged family relationships, real estate crisis, aging, marriage, moral hazard, bankruptcy, credit, interest, envy, hedge funds, speculation, responsibility, honor, revenge, payback, internet bubble, manipulating markets, bad luck, alcoholism, plastic surgery, idealism, ego, victim, blame, guilt, "too big to fail," sub-prime lending, relationships, realist, capitalism, nationalization of the banking industry.
MESSAGE - Time is the prime asset in life. There are crooks working on Wall Street.