I wonder how many people want to work on Wall St cause they watched Wall Street or American Psycho

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As i browse this forum and 85% of usernames are some form of 'gordon gekko' or 'bateman' that use the same 3 god damn avatars I really ask myself this question. Maybe getting an investment banking job would be as easy as getting a cashier job at the local walmart if these movies were never made cause no one would ever no know about it.

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Jul 9, 2012

I think about this a lot. I think it's actually a fact.

Jul 9, 2012

Honestly this is probably not too far off. But can't we get a few more Boiler Room references or something please? I'm tired of looking at that picture of Gordon Gekko...

Jul 9, 2012

If the money wasn't good I wouldn't give a fuck about how good the movies make it look.

BlackHat:

Honestly this is probably not too far off. But can't we get a few more Boiler Room references or something please? I'm tired of looking at that picture of Gordon Gekko...

I loved that movie but it really had very little to do with the financial world. Margin Call was alright but a bit dull. American Psycho is the only Wall Street-esque film I would have enjoyed had I not been a wannabe banker.

Looking forward to this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/. I probably won't have time to see it because I'll be getting gangraped in the FO by then (wish me luck guys!).

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Jul 29, 2012
TBHS:

If the money wasn't good I wouldn't give a fuck about how good the movies make it look.

BlackHat:

Honestly this is probably not too far off. But can't we get a few more Boiler Room references or something please? I'm tired of looking at that picture of Gordon Gekko...

I loved that movie but it really had very little to do with the financial world. Margin Call was alright but a bit dull. American Psycho is the only Wall Street-esque film I would have enjoyed had I not been a wannabe banker.

Looking forward to this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/. I probably won't have time to see it because I'll be getting gangraped in the FO by then (wish me luck guys!).

This looks sick..great cast and Marty directing? Might be the first movie I'd see in theaters in years.

Aug 7, 2012
Chazz Reinhold:

If the money wasn't good I wouldn't give a fuck about how good the movies make it look.

BlackHat:

Honestly this is probably not too far off. But can't we get a few more Boiler Room references or something please? I'm tired of looking at that picture of Gordon Gekko...

I loved that movie but it really had very little to do with the financial world. Margin Call was alright but a bit dull. American Psycho is the only Wall Street-esque film I would have enjoyed had I not been a wannabe banker.

Looking forward to this http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/. I probably won't have time to see it because I'll be getting gangraped in the FO by then (wish me luck guys!).

You know shit is going down when Leonardo DiCaprio is in the cast. Majority of the audience will be girls for sure...

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Jul 9, 2012

Wait, I thought people were deliberately trying to make themselves look like jerks with those avatars? NO??

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Jul 9, 2012

I think they should make a movie strictly about i-banking. Gekko was in PE, Fox was a broker, and American Psycho wasn't all that much about banking and more about watching Jeopardy all day (Unless that is banking).

Jul 9, 2012
Connor:

American Psycho wasn't all that much about banking and more about watching Jeopardy all day (Unless that is banking).

His father practically owned the company, silly; he could do whatever he liked.

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Jul 9, 2012
Dufus:
Connor:

American Psycho wasn't all that much about banking and more about watching Jeopardy all day (Unless that is banking).

His father practically owned the company, silly; he could do whatever he liked.

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Jul 10, 2012
Connor:

I think they should make a movie strictly about i-banking.

Why dont they do it? Cause lets be honest, unless its some Asian deal with a huge bidding war and undercurrents of shady dealings and assassinations accompanied by hot women, its going to be boring as shit and mostly lawyers and senior bankers arguing over whether to include stuff like working capital adjustments in a merger agreement.

Jul 9, 2012
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Connor:

I think they should make a movie strictly about i-banking.

Why dont they do it? Cause lets be honest, unless its some Asian deal with a huge bidding war and undercurrents of shady dealings and assassinations accompanied by hot women, its going to be boring as shit and mostly lawyers and senior bankers arguing over whether to include stuff like working capital adjustments in a merger agreement.

I'd watch a movie about formatting excel.

Jul 11, 2012
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Connor:

I think they should make a movie strictly about i-banking.

Why dont they do it? Cause lets be honest, unless its some Asian deal with a huge bidding war and undercurrents of shady dealings and assassinations accompanied by hot women, its going to be boring as shit and mostly lawyers and senior bankers arguing over whether to include stuff like working capital adjustments in a merger agreement.

You basically just summed up Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

BlackHat:

The movie that really got me interested in finance was definitely The Lion King. When I was little and I saw that part where Scar dropped Mufasa down into the canyon and killed him, then that part where Simba was up on the big rock all like "I'm King of the World" and shit I was like holy shit Wall Street

Bro, Hamlet. Lots of crossover to Wall Street there.

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Jul 9, 2012

Definitely true. Same as how people never heard of Kazakhstan before Borat came along and apparently tourism skyrocketed there.

Jul 9, 2012

I didn't even know American Psycho was about banking when I first watched it. I actually thought they were doing mergers & acquisitions for a law firm.

Jul 9, 2012

Probably. The media does influence what we think but I think people are probably more attracted to the displays of wealth the media associates with ib rather than the Films.

I do know of some people who thought it was cool to be a doctor after watching scrubs, unfortunately medicine requires intelligence and not a move you can make over a weekend. Same with ib, people may be attracted to it but they cant make a career move overnight and most wont bother.

tl;dr If a entry level job like pizza delivery was glamourised that would attract alot of people because of lower bariers to entry.

Jul 9, 2012

This is the reason why I wanted to do investment management since the 6th grade

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Jul 9, 2012

Get Rich or Die Tryin' inspired me to goto Wall St.

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Jul 9, 2012
R0bin:

Get Rich or Die Tryin' inspired me to goto Wall St.

You and swagon are gonna get along just fine.

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Jul 10, 2012

Can someone make a movie about charities and volunteering with Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen in it to shift the 85% of the WSO population for philanthropic cause please? This would make OP happy and allow getting 6 figure paying jobs as easy as a cashier at a local Walmart.

Movies are just fantasies and fails to correctly portray the hardwork and dedication that one puts in to accomplish such goals. Another example would be Rounders, where many people were fooled into thinking that playing poker professionally would be all blings and glory.

Well, thinking about this again, Mad Men do make me want to work in the creative industry. "shall we drink before the meeting? after the meeting? or both?"

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Jul 10, 2012

I didn't know anything about trading other then what a stock is till high school when I saw Pursuit of Happiness. Probably what kick started my interest in finance.

Jul 10, 2012

I just want the job the guy in barbarians at the gates has.

Jul 10, 2012

wall street is an exaggerration of what life is like as a hf manager. It is hollywood making finance look dynamic. It had a small influence on my decision though.

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Jul 9, 2012

The movie that really got me interested in finance was definitely The Lion King. When I was little and I saw that part where Scar dropped Mufasa down into the canyon and killed him, then that part where Simba was up on the big rock all like "I'm King of the World" and shit I was like holy shit Wall Street

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Jul 10, 2012
BlackHat:

The movie that really got me interested in finance was definitely The Lion King. When I was little and I saw that part where Scar dropped Mufasa down into the canyon and killed him, then that part where Simba was up on the big rock all like "I'm King of the World" and shit I was like holy shit Wall Street

hahaha. +1

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Jul 10, 2012

No one mentions Trading Places?

"So ya'll a couple of bookies, huh?"

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Jul 10, 2012

I think Margin Call is a lot better.

Jul 10, 2012
miermier:

I think Margin Call is a lot better.

It really is a fantastic movie.

Jul 10, 2012

I personally thought the first Wall Street was an awful movie when I saw it. Haven't even seen the second because I so disliked the first.

Seen American Psycho. I looked at it more as a psychology movie than a finance one.

Finance isn't really a field that the media influences people to enter. Medicine, on the other hand, is plagued by people who think the day-to-day activities are like those in Scrubs, or Grey's Anatomy, or ER, or General Hospital, etc.

Jul 11, 2012
Jul 9, 2012

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