If anyone fits the phrase “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” it’s Jordan Belfort ( Leonardo DiCaprio ). With his bright smile and little boy charm, he could sell you just about anything, which isn’t the worst of a stockbroker’s job. But fate was not kind to the twenty-something, on the very day he received his license all share values plummeted in the worst crash since 1929. Belfort and his wife Teresa ( Cristin Milioti ) are suddenly left with nothing.
More out of necessity, he hires a small company that specializes in selling penny stocks. They are worth significantly less than the big stocks, often not much more than junk. On the other hand, the profit margins are enormous, which is why Belfort soon brings home a lot of money thanks to his sales talent. Impressed and a little jealous, he is soon joined by his neighbor Donnie Azoff ( Jonah Hill ). Together with a few other morally flexible acquaintances, they found the company Stratton Oakmont and enjoy the newfound luxury life to the max. But not only does he attract the attention of Wall Street and the press, FBI agent Patrick Denham ( Kyle Chandler ) is also interested in his business.
When the Oscar for best leading actor was announced this year, the internet forums erupted minutes later with mockery and malice. Leonardo DiCaprio had been nominated for the third time – plus one each for supporting actor and producer – for the third time he was left empty-handed. Most bitterly, he had to cede the coveted Dallas Buyers Club trophy to Matthew McConaughey, who makes a small but hilarious cameo as Belfort’s mentor Mark Hanna on The Wolf of Wall Street. It is he who first introduces the young man to the big, glittering and rather a hypocritical world of Wall Street.