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Scorsese Outdoes Himself with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill, left), the first loser turned millionaire by Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Belfort’s only hope to remain “legal” required someone with a European passport to be able to deposit his millions in a Swiss bank account managed by monsieur Jean-Jacques Saurel (the Oscar-winning Jean Dujardin, The Artist). So, in a display of casting genius, Scorsese cast Joanna Lumley (Patsy in Absolutely Fabulous) as his wife’s refined Aunt Emma, and she and DiCaprio have another memorable scene on a park bench.

But the best scene you will see all year is when Belfort (DiCaprio) and Danny (Jonah) get high on expired Quaaludes and descend into what Belfort calls “cerebral palsy mode.” The long, terrifyingly hilarious scene is among the best-edited work Scorsese has ever done.

Yes, The Wolf of Wall Street is overlong (I get it, Marty, too much drugs and unlimited unprotected sex is bad for you), over-the-top and self-indulgent. But when those indulging are Scorsese and his troupe of freaks, you could do a lot worse than taking that exhilarating three-hour trip.

The Wolf of Wall Street

Dir. Martin Scorsese; writ. Terence Winter, Jordan Belfort; feat. Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, P.J. Byrne, Jon Favreau, Rob Reiner, Joanna Lumley, Jean Dujardin (R)
Opens December 25 at most area theaters

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