Is The Wolf of Wall Street a Scorching Attack on the American Dream or Just an Epic Bore?

Slate's Culture Blog
Jan. 30 2014 9:31 AM

Spoiler Special: The Wolf of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street

Photo courtesy of Paramount

On the Spoiler Special podcast, Slate critics discuss movies—and the occasional TV show—in full, spoiler-filled detail. Below, Slate film critic Dana Stevens talks with Slate senior editor Dan Kois about The Wolf of Wall Street, Martin Scorsese's polarizing, based-on-a-true-story tale of corruption and excess, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. Is the film's epic, profane method of storytelling excessive or true to its subject matter? Does it celebrate or condemn debauchery? Is it a rollicking good time or just a bore?

Listen to them discuss these and other questions below. You can also check out past Spoiler Specials in our archive, and you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. Note: As the title indicates, each installment contains spoilers galore.

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Dana Stevens is Slate's movie critic.

Dan Kois is Slate's culture editor and a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine.