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Bad behavior looks good in 'Wolf of Wall Street'

Published March 24, 2014 11:01 am

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Grade • B+

DVD • In "The Wolf of Wall Street," Martin Scorsese proves he is the one director who can thoroughly depict the misogyny, class derision and self-abuse of those financial high-rollers who tanked the U.S. economy — and still make it fun.

Scorsese's main weapon is his frequent collaborator, Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Aviator," "The Departed") as Jordan Belfort, the real-life Wall Street hustler who earned millions by fleecing the little people — and spent that money on yachts, cocaine, hookers and other symbols of excess.

DiCaprio, often talking to the camera, revels in Belfort's badness, and makes us want a piece of it, too. But Scorsese's satirical eye keeps this from being just a glorification of Belfort's crimes, but an indictment of a system that still gets away with them. —

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