“Billionaire Boys Club”
Based on a True Story
Billionaire Boys Club tells the true story about Joe Hunt (Ansel Elgort), an ambitious entrepreneur who join forces with tennis pro Dean Karny (Taron Egerton) to establish an investment-and-social club known as the BBC in 1983. They gain some financial assistance from some of their wealthy former classmates and their get-rich-quick “investment” scam quickly becomes the talk of the social scene in Los Angeles.
However, things get out of hand when Ron Levin (Kevin Spacey), a Beverly Hills con artist who made a huge investment on the BBC turns out to be a total fraud. “Billionaire Boys Club” has an excellent young cast is thankfully blessed with a top-notch young cast but Kevin Spacey steals most of the show in a supporting slithery role.
Director James Cox manages his ensemble cast well even though his direction is nothing special. The young guys are lucky to be a part of the swinging social scene of Los Angeles. Hunt creates
“The Paradox Theory” in which bad can be good, and lines can be crossed once a perspective is changed and it does not take long before the Billionaire Boys Club is running a disarmingly straightforward Ponzi scheme, using funds from new investors to pay off old ones and support a lifestyle of sex, drugs and expensive living.
After a rocky start that attempts to cover too much ground, the movie settles down and becomes a passable version of a true-crime saga but it could have been so much better. The plot involves a lot of panicked decisions are not always the best decisions. When the Ponzi scheme crashes the focus of the movie changes and I cant share that with you so you will just have to see for yourselves.
This is simply a generic rise-and-fall movie that does nothing to elevate itself or differentiate itself. The characters are bland, the dialogue is wooden and even the best actors can’t do much with the plot. I understand that the film was finished before Spacey’s scandal.
“Billionaire Boys Club” is an entertaining film but not more than that.