• The Big Short (2015)

The Big Short

Release Date: December 11th, 2015

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2016

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry realizes that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors' money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending economic collapse in America.

Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Hamish Linklater, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong

Director: Adam McKay

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Plan B Entertainment

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: New York City, Temptation, Office, Intense, 2000s, Quest, Brooding, Sacrifice, House, Car, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    On their own, individual scenes are effective enough in semi-farcically portraying the ignorance, avoidance and/or downright denial by the practitioners of bad loans. Together, however, they are wearying in their repetitive nature. show more

  • 80
    Tim GriersonScreen International

    The Big Short means to infuriate its audience, but it’s smart enough to know that such an approach doesn’t preclude a film from being darkly, cathartically funny as well. show more

  • 70
    Matt SingerScreenCrush

    Even if it falls a little short as a character study, the fact that it’s both hugely weird and hugely watchable is impressive. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Supporting Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Directing
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Winner Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)