Movies are a form of escapism that allows us to break free from the humdrum and monotony of our daily lives into an exciting alternate reality, even if it is for few hours. What better time to escape to an alternate world than now when we are saving this world by staying at home and waiting for things to get better ? So, to keep your entrepreneurial spirit up and running until this finally gets over, we have compiled a list of five movies that’ll keep you not only entertained but also teach you the nitty gritty of entrepreneurship. So, grab some popcorn, but if you have to go outside to buy them, never mind. Just get something to drink or eat!
Boiler Room (2000)
Have you ever considered what it takes to drop out of college and run a casino from your apartment when you are just 19? Pretty nail-biting scenario, don’t you think so? This crime drama is the story of a teenager named Seth Davis who is determined to show his dad the unconventional way of achieving success. He starts with a job at a small stock brokerage firm where his commendable skills with cold calling not only impresses his dad, but also his bosses, and propels him to success in a short period of time. However, things get messed up when Seth indulges in immoral acts: he crosses the line and starts breaking the law to please his bosses in exchange for hefty paychecks. The ensuing drama leaves you wondering where Seth will end up and the climax provides a satisfactory conclusion. Well, that’s what I thought. Watch it for yourself. Give it a go if you also think dreams are more about feeling your oats than selling your soul!
The Big Short (2015)
Thanks to the Coronavirus, we are anticipating another great recession after the pandemic finally ceases to be a pandemic. If you want to know what is going to happen in the financial sector in the coming years, you have to study the past. That is why The Big Short is such a perfect movie. It is about the financial crisis of 2007-2009 which led to the downfall of many major financial institutions around the world. It led to the loss of jobs as well as lives. Based on the book, “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine” by Michael Lewis, it boasts a star-studded cast including Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Steve Carrel, Selena Gomez, Anthony Bourdain and many more. With the next recession looming on the horizon, the quote that sticks out is the one by Brad Pitt’s characters as he tries to stop his young prodigies from dancing, “You know what I hate about [expletive] banking? It reduces people to numbers. Here’s a number, every one per cent unemployment goes up, forty thousand people die, did you know that? So just don’t [expletive] dance!“
The China Hustle (2017)
When it comes to stocks, you might be familiar with its dynamic fluctuating nature. While some people earn a fortune, there are also those who suffer heavy losses in the same game. So what is the actual mechanism behind it? For younger audiences with little knowledge of how stock markets work, The China Hustle is a great movie to watch. It successfully elucidates every move, demonstrating the mechanisms at play and explaining why it plays out the way it does. It exposes the manipulative strategies prevalent in the industry, like falsification of paperwork, overstatement of business earnings and many other shady activities to lure in investors. Give it a go, if you want to know how dirty the game really is.
The Social Network (2010)
Did you know that there are almost 2.5 billion monthly active users on Facebook, making it the biggest social network in the world? If you assign one grain of rice for each user, we would have 55 tons of rice! Phew, fairly a huge number to handle! With three Oscar Awards in its name, The Social Network is a biographical drama depicting the rise of the Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg who started the website from his dormitory and ended up being up the youngest billionaire before reaching the age of 30. Apart from the commercial success of the company, the film is more about his personal life that is hugely swayed by emotions and relationships. From getting sued by the twins for stealing their idea to losing a true friend, this movie exhibits the backend hustle of a normal person before making it big.
Too Big to Fail (2011)
Do you remember the Titanic? Do you remember how people believed it was “unsinkable”? Yes, history is full of such boastful presumptions that often lead to disasters. It’s only human nature, and history tends to repeat itself. Based on the book ‘Too Big to Fail: Inside the Battle to Save Wall Street’ by Andrew Ross Sorkin, this movie is a story of a similar type, though the ‘ship’ is the entire U.S. economy that sank in 2008. As the name suggests, it shows how major financial institutions around the world have colossal networks that make it difficult to pull them out of the system, because if done so, would lead to the collapse of the system itself. It revolves around the disintegration of institutions like the Lehmann Brothers, Bear Stearns and JP Morgan Chase and how its ripple effects affected the entire economy. To keep the system functioning, the US government had to support them with a bail-out program. It’s a profound story of greed and vanity of a few that affected the many, and just like the Titanic, caused the entire economy to sink into the depths of the economic abyss.