Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf
, Carey Mulligan | PG-13 |
Once he gets his tacky Rolex, empty money clip and brick of a cell phone back, Gordon Gekko (Douglas) walks out of a prison a pariah. Seven years later he has a bestseller and a new greed-is-bad gospel he may or may not truly believe. It's a timely theme, especially for Jacob Moore (LaBeouf), a finance prodigy who happens to be engaged to Gekko's estranged daughter Winnie (Mulligan). Will Jake's Gekko worship turn him into a shark (the better to outwit Josh Brolin's nasty corporate titan), or will he heed his weepy fiancee and stay away? Better for him to get into trouble-director Oliver Stone is at his best when he's re-creating the backroom and boardroom deals behind the real-life global recession, forcing his characters into games of moral chess. And while LaBeouf and Mulligan are incredibly strong (as is the rest of the cast), Jake's love life is just a sappy sideshow to the suit-and-tie knife fight we came to see.
How Michael Douglas became the '80s icon
The slicked-back hair was an early thought [during the making of 1987's Wall Street]," Douglas says, "but I feared it might be over-the-top for a character named Gekko. Then I happened to go to dinner with my old friend [NBA coach] Pat Riley, and the rest was history."
THE PINKIE RING
"It was better than worry beads and was great to look at during phone conversations."
THE NEW GEKKO
"Gordon was too old to hit the weight room in prison. He did a lot of thinking."
Yustman, 25, star of the new comedy You Again, is engaged to Brothers & Sisters' Dave Annable.
YOU PLAY A FORMER MEAN GIRL. WERE YOU ONE IN HIGH SCHOOL?
I was a cheerleader and homecoming queen but never a mean girl. There was a mean girl who picked on me because I was a little awkward and lanky. I haven't seen her since, but I'm dying to.
HOW'S WEDDING PLANNING?
I'm not a bridezilla. But Dave wants an In-N-Out truck and an octagon for UFC fighting. He wants to keep the party going. Good food, good people-that's all I need.
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