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Posted October 1, 2010
''Coming to Terms with the Middle Class Work Ethic''
The movie, ''Wall Street,'' sermonizes in the most pedantic fashion against the motto ''Greed is Good'' that presumably fed most of the corporate takeovers, junk bond deals, and corporate dismantling of the 1980's. It does this by following the rise and fall of one Wall Street stockbroker, Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), who rejects the middle-class work ethic of his father (played by real-life father, Martin Sheen) and opts for the ''get-rich-quick'' schemes of his Wall Street idol, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas). In the course of events, Bud finds that he must choose between Gekko and his father, between high finance and the good old middle-class work ethic, inasmuch as Gekko's plans include the dismantling of his father's business (and pension plan!). Don't look for a balanced assessment of high finance vs. basic job protection here. Notwithstanding this failure, however, the movie does serve to remind us of the human costs always associated with high-stakes corporate finance on Wall Street. What makes the movie particularly worth watching are the fine performances delivered by Michael Douglas and father & son Sheen.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 29, 2010
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