The First “Dumb Money” Trailer Reveals the GameStop Stock Movie We Need Right Now
Even for those of us who find the stock market a nebulous web that ensnares as much as it baffles and bores, the GameStop lunacy of 2022 caught nearly everybody’s attention. The nearly moribund mall video game store was the unlikely nexus of a brief but potent stock inferno when, for a miraculous moment in time, it seemed as if regular Joe and Jane investors were finally taking it to the billionaire hedge fund class and beating them at their own game. After a “short squeeze” event in early 2021, retail investors rallied behind the company and drove up the stock’s value to insane degrees, momentarily minting millions for lots of regular folks who joined the investing frenzy early and infuriating the hedge fund machers who had bet on the company’s continued decline.
Director Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money, based on Ben Mezrich’s book and adapted by Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, captures the insanity by focusing on Keith Gill (Paul Dano), a man who invests his life’s savings into the GameStop stock and posts about it on Reddit. His stock tip lights the match that sets the markets on fire, turning this everyman into an unlikely hero for thousands in a perceived battle between his David and the billionaire class’s Goliath. The first trailer reveals Gillespie’s comedically golden cast, which includes Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Seth Rogen.
If you liked The Big Short (and we certainly did), Dumb Money seems a surefire bet. For all those people who can’t afford to “play” the stock market or who plain don’t understand it, the appeal of films like The Big Short and Dumb Money is they educate and entertain, even if, in the end, it seems Goliath always wins.
Check out the trailer below. Dumb Money hits theaters on September 22.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.
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Featured image: Paul Dano stars as Keith Gill in DUMB MONEY. Courtesy Sony Pictures