The Wolf of Wall Street

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2013
The Wolf of Wall Street


A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, the corporate banking world and mob infiltration. It is based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography.

Dove Review

Wow! Where do I start? The word “decadence” comes to mind! This film has a lot of content in it. It has more language in it than any movie I have ever screened or written about. The same with the sex content. It features constant sexual scenes, or references to sex, strip club scenes; full front female nudity, and I could go on and on but won’t. Readers need to look at the content listing below. If I missed anything, please forgive me. There was constant note taking at this one.

Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is who this film is about. Black Monday in October 1987 blew his plans away like a whipping wind treats a tumble weed. Soon he becomes part of a scheme that involves illegally bilking many, many people of their funds. He manipulates the market and he lives a sensual and lavish lifestyle which includes sex and drugs and making more funds to continue the lifestyle. However, he eventually reaps the whirlwind for his wild oats sowing and comes crashing back down to earth. It is unfortunate that the filmmakers chose to use graphic scenes and to include a ton of language to tell this story. It could make the point that there are prices to pay for this treatment of people and living this way. And it could have been told in a much more family-friendly way. This one doesn’t get a Dove Seal from us.

Content Description

Sex: Several sex scenes including seeing some motion and hearing some groans; oral sex implied; frank sexual comments and innuendos throughout the movie; two orgy scenes (one is a straight one, one gay); man masturbates (distant view of man's erection); a comment about nuns being "lesbians"; "horny" comments, etc.
Language: Too many words to list but literally the F word is uttered over and over again (including sexually) and GD and JC used multiple times and slang for male and female genitalia and breasts; the movie is filled with obscenities and crudities, the most I ever heard in one film.
Violence: Arm is seen hanging down from a bathtub in a suicide photo and blood is seen; woman slaps man and he slaps her hard; a wave crashes through a ship's window; fighting; character is almost choked to death; physical struggles between a few characters.
Drugs: A lot of drug use including snorting crack (from a woman's rear in one scene); the use of cocaine and crack; talk of selling marijuana; Quaaludes are used and a character refers to himself as the Quaaludes king; champagne and wine and beer consumption; a beer "pong"; pills; reference to laundering drugs and drug money; smoking.
Nudity: Full frontal nudity of woman in several scenes; bare breasts and rear of woman; man's rear cheeks; man's rear seen from side; man in boxers; strippers; strong cleavage; shirtless men; women in short skirts and bikinis; man has erection seen from a distance.
Other: Tension and heated arguments between characters; taking advantage of and cheating people; the word "Chinaman" is used.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Terence Winter & Jordan Belfort
Director: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Riza Aziz
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 180 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter