Not for kids
Intoxicating rise-and-fall story is full of sex and drugs.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of a financial broker who bent the rules, became enormously wealthy, and was not caught for years. He lives a life of debauchery and excess, cheating on his wife, remarrying, and cheating on his new wife with an endless array of prostitutes. Many characters are shown having graphic sex of all types. The main character uses every kind of drug under the sun, but especially prefers Quaaludes; the movie spends extra time on the effects of this drug. A secondary character is also a heavy drug user. Language is very strong and constant, with "f--k" uttered nearly constantly, as well as almost every other vulgar word in the book. As for violence, there's mostly enraged shouting, but there's a bloody face-bashing scene, some domestic violence where a wife gets punched a couple of times, and a quick shot of a (very tangential) bloody suicide. The legendary Martin Scorsese's the director, and most movie buffs will want to see this, but as with GoodFellas and Casino, this one's not recommended for kids of any age.
- Families can talk about the movie's extensive use of sex. Does any of it come from a loving, respectful relationship? How do women fare in this movie and in these sexual relationships?
- How do the characters approach the use of alcohol, smoking, and drugs? Do they seem to get any enjoyment out of them? Does the movie make these things look appealing? What are the real consequences of drinking to excess or smoking or using drugs?
- What's the appeal of a character with such questionable morals? Martin Scorsese often makes movies about these kinds of characters. Why is he so highly respected and acclaimed?
The good stuff
Messages: The character reaps untold riches from illegal activities and has a general contempt for anyone else he deems not smart enough to figure out such brilliant schemes. He's eventually caught, but he doesn't seem to learn any lessons. Indeed, he begins to make a living as a motivational speaker, teaching more people how to be like him. Ultimately, the movie makes a point that excessive desire can never be quenched and can lead down a dark path.
Role models: The main character's very charismatic and entertaining, but unfortunately doesn't have a scrap of decency or humanity. He's greedy, ruthless, and completely without qualms about doing things that are illegal. He's addicted to sex and drugs (which he does admit). He puts his business and personal interests over those of his family. And though he's eventually caught, he never seems truly redeemed.
What to watch for
Violence: There's a terrifying storm at sea that nearly capsizes a yacht. Characters fight amongst themselves quite often, with enraged screaming and yelling, and occasional hitting. There's an interrogation scene in which a character's bashed in the face, followed by sprays of blood. In the opening scene, traders play a cruel game in which they toss dwarves at a big target. A major character chokes and stops breathing for a moment but is rescued.
Sex: The main character cheats on his wife, marries a new woman, and then cheats on her with an array of prostitutes. In one scene, he snorts cocaine out of a prostitute's anus. Many of the traders at his firm are shown briefly having raw, graphic sex with prostitutes and other women. Oral sex is suggested several times. There's copious female nudity, as well as male bottoms. A female character teases the main character by opening her legs in his general direction, though nothing's shown to the camera. A shot of a large orgy of gay men is shown. There are several references to masturbation, and in one very brief shot (so quick viewers might miss it) a masturbating man's erect penis is exposed.
Language: Language is very strong and constant, mostly involving "f--k" and all permutations, but also "s--t," "c--t," "c--k," and just about every other obscene word imaginable. Also anti-gay slurs.
Consumerism: A white Lamborghini plays a part in the movie. The Steve Madden shoe company figures in the plot. Absolut vodka, Mercedes-Benz, and Armani suits are mentioned.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: The main character's a drug addict. He's seen drinking alcohol to excess, snorting cocaine, and taking all kinds of pills, but extra time's spent on his favorite: Quaaludes. The movie describes the effect of taking Quaaludes, and one sequence is dedicated to a memorable night in which he takes an extra-strong dose. The character's closest friend is also a heavy drug user. Cigarette smoking is shown, as well. At the end of the movie, it's suggested that he's cleaned up and become sober.
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Great acting by DiCaprio but that's it! by dianelav01
Leo's acting was brilliant but the movie itself was terrible. Should have gone to see something else. I wouldn't have even watched it when it comes out on DVD!
Loved It by grayizora
Freat movie and a superior performance by Leonsrdo DeCaprio. An amazingly accurate depiction of many of the excesses on Wall a street during hat timr period. I highly recommend the movie!
Wacky, fun, dirty, but really good! by SQ44
Ok, so the "F" word is said a million times (and lots of sex)!!!! Once you get past that, this is an interesting story with wonderful acting. Although it was 3 hours long, it went by quickly. The cast is great too!
Disgusting movie by tnwdion
One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. I can't believe it is up for an Oscar. It should have been rated X. The story behind it you can some it up in 15 min, but it took them 3 hours of nothing to do it.
If you enjoy seeing girl?s behinds and people using drugs and alcohol go see this movie. Otherwise don?t waste your money.
Wish I hadn't gone... by jessa1198
Leonardo Di Caprio is one of my all-time favorite actors and he DEFINITELY deserved his award for best actor in this movie. HOWEVER, I wouldn't see this again if someone paid me. It's way too graphic and focuses too much on the shock factor of all the drugs, sex, and raunchy misbehaving and doesn't focus enough on the story, crime, or logistics of the business they were in. I was a little confused by the way the story was narrated... every once in a while, Jordan (DiCaprio's character) would actually talk straight to the camera... a little Ferris Bueller-esque. Artistic, but it was a miss for me on that one too. The only reason to see this movie is DiCaprio's performance... and Jonah Hill's weirdly big white teeth.
a disturbing ride by manaskie
Tarantino uncomfortable edginess, 30 minutes too long, dark side of human behavior. Matt Damon and ensemble deliver. Based on true story - that's the most disturbing part!
Profanity, Nudity, Vulgar, Drugs by Jim Doberman
This movie could have made a little better by limiting nudity, vulgar and drugs. I went to this movie with two of my friends, who are grown ups. However, I was embarrassed because one of the friend was female. It is a big NO for children. I would not recommend going with a family.
Raunchy and lovely by mattfierstein
A nonstop onslaught on vulgarity, parties, and ridiculousness...almost a modern day SCARFACE! Just replace the bloodshed with nudity! If you hated this movie, then you need to live a little bit more
Wolf of Wall Street by RosePrincess
I was planning on buying this movie, but after I saw it, I never want to own or see it again! If the movie by Scorsese "Casino" turned you off due to its content, then this movie where he is the director shouldn't even be considered to view. It is ten times as worse. It is raunchy, lewd, and licentious from the beginning. I didn't know that people could be this evil and corrupt. It made me think that the actors in this movie will do anything for a paycheck. Keep your money! The movie is full of orgies in an office full of people/brokers, and in other settings in broad daylight, infidelity, drugs, and frontal nudity. The costumes aren't even a factor as most of the time people are having sex. Do yourself a favor. Don't see or talk about the movie with your children. Block it when it comes on premium channels. Shame on you, Jonah Hill! You are a better person than this.
The fact that it is based on real life helped me rate it as a GO vs SO-SO by fridaymov
Very good acting, well directed, but a bit long. Clearly an adult only movie. Strong content in many ways. Kind of depressing for me, but very interesting because it is not far from the truth of those times in such environment.