Dumb Money (2023) [Blu-Ray/Digital]

One of my favorite moments of the 2021 Gamestop Meme Stock debacle is watching billionaire Leon Cooperman literally crying and having a bitch fit tantrum on live TV because poor people were getting rich by rigging a system that he and his buddies have been rigging for decades. It was a delicious brief moment of poetic justice that forever made me a fan of the Gamestop Meme Stock scandal. While the COVID lock up and pandemic were wrought with so many unusual moments, the Gamestop Meme Stock remains one of the most significant incidents in American history.

It’s not only a testament to the corruption of stock trading, but a wonderful tale of David and Goliath and how the little guys won out for once. Even if the little guys didn’t all win when all was said and done.

“Dumb Money” is based on the true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop into the world’s hottest company. In the middle Keith Gill, 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.

Craig Gillespie’s drama comedy about the very notable stock trading incident is stacked to the brim with an all star cast of dazzling actors, all of whom brings t life key figures within this scandal. Among them is Paul Dano who delivers one of his usual impressive performances as Keith Gill, a blue collar financial analyst and youtuber who was at the forefront of the Gamestop Meme Stock debacle. This put him and his contemporaries in the spotlight allowing him to not only claim his own fortune, but shed a light on how limiting the alleged free market is for folks that aren’t already hoarding millions in their personal savings.

Dano is a stand out which says a lot considering Gillespie casts folks like Shailene Woodley, Seth Rogen, Pete Davidson, America Ferrera, Talia Ryder, Clancy Brown, Sebastian Stan, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, and so many more. While the bulk of the film is centered on Keith Gill and his efforts to make sense of his winfall while also being investigated by the American government, Gillespie focuses on a trio of other characters, all of whom follow Keith’s journey in to testifying before the government and their renewed views on investing and how it dictates their lives overall.

For a movie with such a complex topic, “Dumb Money” is refreshingly light hearted and breezy, stepping away from the particular technical aspects of stocks and delving more in to the human aspects of how this event changed a lot of normal people. It’s a truly engaging and absolutely fascinating drama comedy that treats its history with immense significance. As it should.

Along with the Digital Code, this release comes with an audio commentary with screenwriters Rebecca Angelo and Lauren Schuker Blum, both of whom discuss adapting the true story for film, watching it come together through casting and performances with some of their favorite actors and more. It’s a fun, light run through. Fat Cats vs. The Roaring Kitty is a standard eight minutes behind-the-scenes EPK featurette, Diamond Hand Ensemble is a six minute peek at casting the stars of the film, and finally we get three minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes left on the cutting room floor.