Director: Adam McKay
Writer: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling
Released: January 14, 2016
Rating: (M)
Runtime: 130 minutes
Story: Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry's beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption.
Ryan Gosling Jared Vennett
Rudy Eisenzopf Lewis Ranieri
Casey Groves Fund Manager
Charlie Talbert Lewis Bond Trader #1
Harold Gervais Lewis Bond Trader #2
Maria Frangos Exotic Dancer
Christian Bale Michael Burry
Hunter Burke Analyst
Bernard Hocke Coach
Shauna Rappold Michael Burry's Mom
Brandon Stacy Michael Burry's Dad
Aiden Flowers Young Michael Burry
Peter Epstein Paul Baum
Anthony Marble Therapy Businessman #1
Silas Cooper Therapy Businessman #2
Steve Carell Mark Baum
Leslie Castay Therapist
Marisa Tomei Cynthia Baum
Rafe Spall Danny Moses
Anthony Bourdain Anthony Bourdain
John Magaro Charlie Geller
Finn Wittrock Jamie Shipley
Joseph Brooks Banker at Goldman Sachs
Colette Divine B of A Lobby Security
Brad Pitt Ben Rickert