The film was unceremoniously dumped on video-on-demand in addition to digital platforms such as iTunes in addition to Amazon in July in addition to opened Friday in a handful of theaters in 10 states, playing in or near cities such as Phoenix, brand new Orleans, Minneapolis in addition to Chicago. The Hollywood Reporter says the film earned just $287 within the U.S. on Friday in addition to Saturday, though distributor Vertical Entertainment hasn’t released weekend numbers. According to Box Office Mojo, “Billionaire Boys Club” has earned $1.5 million internationally within the last month. “We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level in addition to we fully support victims of the idea,” Vertical Entertainment said in an earlier statement provided to USA TODAY. “At the same time, This kind of is actually neither an easy nor insensitive decision to Discharge This kind of film in theaters. … within the end, we trust audiences make up their own minds as to the reprehensible allegations of one person’s past, nevertheless not at the expense of the entire cast in addition to crew present on This kind of film.”
So is actually “Billionaire” genuinely as bad as its abysmal reviews in addition to cagey Discharge suggest? Short answer: no, nevertheless the idea may be something even worse – completely forgettable. The movie is actually based on the real-life Billionaire Boys Club, a group of wealthy young men in 1980s Los Angeles who ran a Ponzi scheme in addition to wound up getting involved with shady investor/con man Ron Levin (Spacey).
As portrayed by Spacey, Ron is actually smooth-talking in addition to flamboyant, splurging money he doesn’t have on brightly colored tailored suits, a Rolls-Royce in addition to his dog. He is actually a mentor of sorts to burgeoning scammers Joe Hunt (Elgort) in addition to Dean Karny (Egerton) in their get-rich-quick scheme, delivering ham-handed platitudes like “Billionaire or bust” in addition to “You’re a hustler just like me.”
There are occasional uncomfortable moments, given the allegations against Spacey. Levin, who was gay, surrounds himself with handsome young men in addition to leeringly gazes at Joe throughout their first meeting at his mansion. Later, Levin calls Joe to his table at a restaurant, where he’s dining with Andy Warhol (Cary Elwes). They joke about how a male acquaintance incorporates a “love boat between his legs” of which’s as “big as a salami.”
Still, Spacey makes for a convincing, charismatic bad guy, in addition to the film suffers when he’s not onscreen, as his co-stars spout empty cliches about money, women in addition to how to get them both.
—Contributing: Kim Willis