billionaire boys club
Director: james cox (wonderland, straight a's)
Starring: ansel egort, taron egerton, emma roberts, and kevin spacey
REVIEWER: lyall carter
A group of wealthy boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s establish a 'get-rich-quick' scam that turns deadly.
Billionaire Boys Club was never going to get the kinda reaction it, as a film, truly deserves because of the Kevin Spacey allegations. Its not at all as bad as critics would have you believe. It really is an enthralling, manic, spiral out of control.
Based on a true story, Billionaire Boys Club is the story of Joe Hunt, who led a group of wealthy young men in 1980s Los Angeles to come up with a plan to get-rich-quick with a Ponzi scheme. The plan begins to unravel as they realise one of their key investors, Ron Levin, has been conning them.
Billionaire Boys Club begins innocently enough. Two young guys wanting to prove themselves and make it in the world. But with just one lie everything spins out of control with more lies and money needed.
It makes for an uneasy watch. You can't help but shake your head at both the audacity and the stupidity of the guys involved. "Why don't you just quit now!" you yell at the screen. And there in lies the brilliance of this tale. It completely sucks you into the narrative and you just wanna see how this car crash of bad decisions ends.
Egort and Egerton do great work here as we see control slip further and further from their fingertips. We've seen both actors lead films on their own, but the chemistry between the two of them is brilliant and hopefully this won't be the last we see of them acting together. Spacey is deliciously menacing as he pulls the strings unbeknownst to everyone else.
Billionaire Boys Club is an enthralling, manic, spiral out of control.