Release date:November 22, 2016
Studio:Warner Bros. Pictures
Screenwriters:Stephen C. Chin, Todd Phillips, Jason Smilovic
Starring:Jonah Hill, Miles Teller, Ana de Armas, Bradley Cooper
This film is not what it appears to be! If you go by the commercials, This is a bawdy picture chock full of rude jokes and potty humor and while That is certainly there, there is a much deeper story going on here.
The story starts out in retrospect with one of the main characters lighting up some contraband in preparation for his upcoming appointment. That appointment is as a masseur for an older gentlemen, and you get the idea that this individual is looking for something more than just a massage. This scene arts things up for how unhappy our main character David Packouz (played by Miles Teller) really is.
He tries a couple of alternative ideas for income before running into his old friend Efriam Diveroli (played by Jonah Hill) and another friends funeral. It is shortly after this that Efriam decides to make him an offer to join his organization. David, after his last failure, decides to at least take a look at the opportunity and comes to discover that his friend after him is actually involved in bidding on arms. Now David is a pacifist and so this goes against his convictions, but the opportunity and the money that goes with it are too great to turn down. This leads us to jump right into the initial successes of his business. The only problem is that he has to continually lie to his girlfriend about what he does.
Success comes quickly and with it all the perks, but David begins to see how his friend puts on a mask to be whatever he needs to be to make a sale. This is where things start to get a little crazy. They win a bid for the government, because they came in ridiculously low, and now have to deliver. This proves especially problematic as some of the items they need to deliver can’t go through customs. This is where we see how resourceful Ephriam is, we also just begin to see how things could fall apart.
The story has many peaks and valleys, tons of drama, laughs, and action and proved to be MUCH better then I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed this film and would see it again in a minute!