is a 2018 Americanfilm directed byJames Coxand co-written by Cox and Captain Mauzner. The film starsAnsel ElgortTaron EgertonKevin SpaceyEmma RobertsJeremy IrvineThomas CocquerelRosanna ArquetteCary Elwes, andJudd Nelson. The film is based on the real lifeBillionaire Boys Clubfrom Southern California during the 1980s, a group of rich teenagers who get involved in aPonzi schemeand eventual murder. The story was previously made into atelevision filmin 1987.

Originally announced in 2010 and filmed in 2015,Billionaire Boys Clubis one of the final works that Spacey filmed prior to numeroussexual misconduct allegationsmade against him in 2017, and the accusations directly affected the films release schedule and marketing. The film was finally released in the United States throughvideo on demandon July 17, 2018, prior to alimited releaseon August 17, 2018, byVertical Entertainment, and was both a critical and commercial failure. The domestic opening weekend box office take of just $618 was the lowest of Spaceys career.45

Led by their fellowpreppiefriend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy young men in 1980s Los Angeles come up with a plan toget-rich-quickwith aPonzi scheme. The plan ends badly for all involved when Hunt and friend Tim Pitt end up murdering investor and con man Ron Levin.

Ansel Elgortas Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert.

Emma Robertsas Sydney Evans, the love interest of Hunt.

Ryan Rottmanas Scott Biltmore, Kyles brother and one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner ofMaybelline, who first invested in the Club.

Jeremy Irvineas Kyle Biltmore, Scotts brother and one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club.

Bokeem Woodbineas Tim Pitt, a club bouncer who becomes involved in the clubs doings.

Barney Harris as Izzy – Reza Eslaminia, The Persians son and Billionaire Boys Club member.

Waleed Zuaiteras The Persian, Hedayat Eslaminia and Izzys Father

Suki Waterhouseas Quintana Q Bisset, the love interest of Karny.

Billie Lourdas Rosanna Ricci, the love interest of Blitmore.

Rosanna Arquetteas Debbie Evans, Sydneys mother

In May 2010,The Hollywood Reporterconfirmed thatJames Coxwould direct the crime thriller filmBillionaire Boys Club, the true story of a group of rich young boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who started theBillionaire Boys Clubto run aPonzi scheme.8Cox wrote the script in four months after an exclusive research of the events with his brother Stephen, who spent another four months on it.8Cox gathered the material for the screenplay from court documents, oral transcripts, and published articles. He said, as we were writing this, I thought, What ifWall StreetbecameAlpha Doghalfway through? Holly Wiersma would produce the film.8

On October 29, 2015,Ansel ElgortandTaron Egertonjoined the cast, with Elgort playing Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert, and Egerton playing Dean Karny, a pro tennis player.910Captain Mauzner also co-wrote the script along with Cox, while producers on the film would be Wiersma andCassian Elwes. The film would be financed by Armory Films, and Good Universe would handle the international sales.10In November 2015,Kevin Spacey11signed on to play Ron Levin, a Beverly Hillshigh rollerEmma Roberts12was added to the cast to portray Sydney, Hunts love interest andSuki Waterhousewas cast to play Quintana, Karnys love interest.13

In December 2015,Varietyreported thatJudd Nelson, who originally played Joe Hunt in the 1987 miniseriesBillionaire Boys Club, would play the role of Ryan Hunt, Joes father.14That same month,Ryan Rottman15signed on to portray Scott Biltmore, one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner ofMaybelline, who first invested in the Club and Thomas Cocquerel joined the film.16Bokeem WoodbineBillie LourdandJeremy Irvinealso joined the cast of the film, with Irvine playing Kyle Biltmore, one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club, Lourd as Rosanna, his love interest, and Woodbine as a club bouncer who becomes involved in the clubs doings.17

Principal photographybegan in New Orleans on December 7, 2015.181920The film wrapped on January 25, 2016,21with re-shoots set for November of the same year.18

The film was initially released throughvideo on demandon July 17, 2018, prior to alimited releasein theaters on August 17, 2018, byVertical Entertainment.2223

Despite allegations of sexual misconduct being made against Kevin Spacey in October 2017, Vertical Entertainment stated that they would be going forward with the release of the film:

We dont condone sexual harassment on any level and we fully support victims of it. At the same time, this is neither an easy nor insensitive decision to release this film in theatres, but we believe in giving the cast, as well as hundreds of crew members who worked hard on the film, the chance to see their final product reach audiences.24

On the review aggregation websiteRotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 8% based on 13 reviews, with an average rating of 3.5/10.25OnMetacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 30 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating generally unfavorable reviews.26

Mick LaSalleof theSan Francisco Chroniclesaid that he has no doubt that Spacey is very good at playing the bad guy and that although only in a supporting role dominates every moment of every scene in which he appears. LaSalle was unconvinced by the idea that Hunt made bad decisions involving thousands [that] led to more bad decisions but rather the storm was of his own making and concludes as his life unravels, so does the movie.27Eric Kohn atIndieWirecalled it a wannabeWolf of Wall Streetand said that it is intermittently engaging as a B-movie but never finds a satisfying tone.28John DeFore atThe Hollywood Reportercalled the film a derivative bore and accused it of being creatively clueless for indulging in this period piece without finding some fresh critique.29

On its opening day in the United States, the film earned only $126 (98) from ten theaters, the worst opening for a film starring Kevin Spacey.303132TheWrapnoted that the ten theaters where the film was shown were mostly located in areas which were not considered to be major markets, and that some of the theaters showing the film scheduled their screenings for off-peak times, such as early in the morning or late at night.33The weekend total gross ended up at $618, with a final theater count of eleven.4

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