Publisher/Year: Bantam Books/2008
Genre: Autobiography, Crime, Comedy
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ – very good
Who’s in the movie?
LEO (You know who Leonardo DiCaprio is)
Jonah Hill (Superbad, 21 Jump Street)
Rob Reiner (Jess’ dad in New Girl, he also directed The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally and A Few Good Men)
Matthew McConaughey ( he says “alright, alright, alright…” he’s also in How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days and Dallas Buyers Club)
Kyle Chandler (Zero Dark Thirty and Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights)
When can I watch it?
When you buy the DVD.
What’s it about?
Scandal. There’s more crime, prostitutes and drugs than I ever thought there could be in a real person’s life. Jordan Belfort (Leo) was an infamous Wall Street stockbroker in the 1990s who literally was making thousands of dollars a minute in his financial prime. Was it legal? Absolutely not. He has more money than he knows what to do with and recklessly spends it on his wife, yachts, hotel rooms, cars and of course prostitutes and drugs.
What did you think?
It doesn’t sound like a funny story, but the way Belfort talks about his life is hilarious. Now that he’s done his time and reflected on his choices, he sees how absolutely insane his life was and you can see that in the way he writes. He’s very sarcastic and constantly making fun of his past self and past life. Even if Belfort’s writing didn’t have a mocking tone, some of the things that happened in his life are so utterly batshit crazy that you have to laugh at its absurdity. Little things like throwing midgets in Velcro suits at a Velcro target. Everything in his life is so over-the-top, from his fights with his wife to his to business lunches…it feels parodic. I sometimes forgot that it’s autobiographical and not a work of total fiction.
But no matter how much of a douche Belfort was, no one can deny that he was brilliant. He had the wit and the charm to talk his way and work his way out of almost any obstacle that he ran into. He constantly had two realities going on at once, he could be holding a conversation with someone or improvising a speech for his employees while in his head he would be planning his next big move or scheming to get out of jam (either with the law or his wife). I don’t understand how anyone can think that much all time; he always had an inner dialogue with himself no matter what he was doing. Not to mention that he knew and understood stocks and laws so well that he knew exactly what he needed to do to make the system work in his favor or what he had to do to get away with things that were not so legal.
Should I read it?
Yes, if you can handle all the debauchery in his life. It’s kind of graphic and extremely excessive. But if you can handle all that, then it’s a really good read. You can get a copy from Thriftbooks or Amazon. You can also get the Movie Tie-In Edition on Amazon if you like actors on books (*shivers in disgust*).