• The Founder (2017)

The Founder

Release Date: January 20th, 2017

DVD Release Date: April 18th, 2017

PG-13 |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

The true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac (John Carroll Lynch) and Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman), who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Kroc soon maneuvers himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a multi-billion dollar empire.

Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, B.J. Novak, Patrick Wilson, Justin Randell Brooke

Director: John Lee Hancock

Genres: Biography , Drama , Historical drama

Production Co: The Weinstein Company, Faliro House, The Combine, FilmNation Entertainment

Distributors: Weinstein Co.

Keywords: 1950s, Gripping, Transformation, Brother, Rise, Wife, Rivalry, Spirited, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    The extent of Kroc’s greed is The Founder’s unique playing card, and John Lee Hancock delivers it with a depressingly special sauce. show more

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Keaton’s performance is fascinating from beginning to end, and the movie around him is entertaining in fits and starts. Ultimately, though, it’s a tough sell, a biopic with an uncertain tone that doesn’t know what to make of its subject. show more

  • 60
    Leslie FelperinThe Hollywood Reporter

    Hancock's apparently irrepressible penchant for folksy Midwestern types and perky montages dilutes any cynicism or misanthropy that might have given this material the edginess it deserves. show more

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