Billionaire Boys Club (2018 film)

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Billionaire Boys Club
Billionaire Boys Club (2018 film).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Cox
Produced by
Written by
  • James Cox
  • Captain Mauzner
Starring
Music by Joel J. Richard
Cinematography James M. Muro
Edited by Glen Scantlebury
Production
company
Armory Films
Distributed by Vertical Entertainment
Release date
  • July 17, 2018 (2018-07-17) (United States)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $770,212[2]

Billionaire Boys Club is a 2018 American biographical crime drama film directed by James Cox and co-written with Captain Mauzner. The film stars Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton, Kevin Spacey, Emma Roberts, Jeremy Irvine, Thomas Cocquerel, Rosanna Arquette, Cary Elwes, and Judd Nelson. The film is based on the real life Billionaire Boys Club active in Southern California during the 1980s.

Originally announced in 2010 and filmed in 2015, Billionaire Boys Club is noted as one of the final works that Spacey filmed prior to his having numerous sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him in 2017, and the accusations directly affected the film's release schedule and marketing. The film was finally released through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment.

Plot[edit]

Led by their fellow preppie friend Joe Hunt, a group of wealthy boys in 1980s Los Angeles come up with a plan to get-rich-quick with a Ponzi scheme. The plan ends badly for all involved when Hunt and friend Tim Pitt end up murdering investor and con-man, Ron Levin.

Cast[edit]

  • Ansel Elgort as Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert.
  • Taron Egerton as Dean Karny, a tennis pro.
  • Kevin Spacey as Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills high roller.
  • Jeremy Irvine as Kyle Biltmore, Scott’s brother and one of the members of the Billionaire Boys Club.
  • Cary Elwes as Andy Warhol
  • Emma Roberts as Sydney Evans, the love interest of Hunt.
  • Billie Lourd as Rosanna Ricci, the love interest of Blitmore.
  • Suki Waterhouse as Quintana 'Q' Bisset, the love interest of Karny.
  • Judd Nelson as Ryan Hunt, Joe’s father
  • Ryan Rottman as Scott Biltmore, Kyle’s brother and one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner of Maybelline, who first invested in the Club.
  • Barney Harris as Izzy - Reza Eslaminia, The Persian's son and Billionaire Boys Club member [3]
  • Waleed Zuaiter as The Persian, Hedayat Eslaminia and Izzy’s Father [4]
  • Carmen Illán as Persian's wife
  • Thomas Cocquerel as Charlie Bottoms
  • Bokeem Woodbine as Tim Pitt, a club bouncer who becomes involved in the club's doings.
  • Rosanna Arquette as Debbie Evans, Sydney’s mother
  • Justin Arnold as Carter
  • Billy Slaughter as Loan Officer
  • Kevin Bratcher as Guy Hitting on Cougar
  • Maurice Johnson as Detective

Production[edit]

In May 2010, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that James Cox would direct the crime thriller film Billionaire Boys Club, the true story of a group of rich young boys in Los Angeles during the early 1980s who started the Billionaire Boys Club to run a Ponzi scheme.[5] Cox wrote the script in four months after an exclusive research of the events with his brother Stephen, who spent another four months on it.[5] Cox gathered the material for the screenplay from court documents, oral transcripts, and published articles. He said, "as we were writing this, I thought, 'What if 'Wall Street' became 'Alpha Dog' halfway through?" Holly Wiersma would produce the film.[5]

On October 29, 2015, Ansel Elgort and Taron Egerton joined the cast, with Elgort playing Joe Hunt, the group leader and financial expert, and Egerton playing Dean Karny, a pro tennis player.[6][7] Captain Mauzner also co-wrote the script along with Cox, while producers on the film would be Wiersma and Cassian Elwes. The film would be financed by Armory Films, and Good Universe would handle the international sales.[7] In November 2015, Kevin Spacey[8] signed on to play Ron Levin, a Beverly Hills high roller, Emma Roberts[9] was added to the cast to portray Sydney, Hunt's love interest and Suki Waterhouse was cast to play Quintana, Karny's love interest.[10]

In December 2015, Variety reported that Judd Nelson, who originally played Joe Hunt in the 1987 miniseries Billionaire Boys Club, would play the role of Ryan Hunt, Joe's father.[11] That same month, Ryan Rottman[12] signed on to portray Scott Biltmore, one of the two handsome twins adopted by the owner of Maybelline, who first invested in the Club and Thomas Cocquerel joined the film.[13] Bokeem Woodbine, Billie Lourd and Jeremy Irvine also 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 club's doings.[14]

Principal photography began in New Orleans on December 7, 2015.[15][16][17] The film wrapped on January 25, 2016,[18] with re-shoots set for November of the same year.[15]

Release[edit]

The film was initially released through video on demand on July 17, 2018, prior to a limited release in theaters on August 17, 2018, by Vertical Entertainment.[19][20]

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 don't 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.[21]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 13% based on 8 reviews, with an average rating of 3.9/10.[22]

Box office[edit]

On its opening day in the United States, the film earned only $126 from ten theaters, the worst opening for a film starring Kevin Spacey.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedman, Roger. "Completed "Billionaire Boys Club" Movie in Limbo: Kevin Spacey Can't Be Erased from This One". Showbiz411.com. Showbiz411. Retrieved 2 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Billionaire Boys Club (2018)". The Numbers. Retrieved August 18, 2018. 
  3. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5179598/fullcredits/?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm
  4. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1988/01/06/us/murder-trial-in-bungled-extortion-case-enters-final-stages.html
  5. ^ a b c Kit, Zorianna (May 13, 2010). "James Cox to direct 'Billionaire Boys Club'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Ford, Rebecca; Kit, Borys (October 29, 2015). "Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton to Star in 'Billionaire Boys Club'". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b McNary, Dave (October 29, 2015). "Ansel Elgort, Taron Egerton Starring in 'Billionaire Boys Club' Movie (EXCLUSIVE)". variety.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (November 3, 2015). "Kevin Spacey Joining 'Baby Driver' & 'Billionaire Boys Club'". deadline.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ McNary, Dave (November 5, 2015). "Emma Roberts Joins Ansel Elgort in 'Billionaire Boys Club'". variety.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ McNary, Dave (November 24, 2015). "Suki Waterhouse Joins 'Billionaire Boys Club' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  11. ^ McNary, Dave (December 5, 2015). "Judd Nelson Returns for 'Billionaire Boys Club' Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ Galuppo, Mia (December 7, 2015). "Ryan Rottman Joins Ansel Elgort, Suki Waterhouse in 'Billionaire Boys Club' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kroll, Justin (December 8, 2015). "Thomas Cocquerel Joins Ansel Elgort in 'Billionaire Boys Club'". variety.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  14. ^ McNary, Dave (December 15, 2015). "Billie Lourd, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeremy Irvine Join 'Billionaire Boys Club' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b Scott, Mike (November 11, 2015). "Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire's Boys Club,' WWE Studios' 'Brothers Blood' headed for New Orleans shoots". nola.com. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  16. ^ Kay, Jeremy (November 3, 2015). "Kevin Spacey joins 'Billionaire Boys Club'". screendaily.com. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Feature Film "Billionaire Boys Club" Seeks Background Actors". louisianaentertainment.gov. November 12, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Instagram post by Ansel Elgort • Jan 24, 2016 at 11:07pm UTC". Instagram. 
  19. ^ Kevin Spacey Film 'Billionaire Boys Club' to Hit Select Theaters in August
  20. ^ Donelly, Matt (June 18, 2018). "Return From Exile: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' to Hit Theaters in August (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved June 18, 2018. 
  21. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/kevin-spacey-new-film-billionaire-boys-club-sexual-misconduct-allegations-release-date-trailer-a8407801.html
  22. ^ "Billionaire Boys Club (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 17, 2018. 
  23. ^ McClintock, Pamela (August 18, 2018). "Box Office: Kevin Spacey's 'Billionaire Boys Club' Earns Abysmal $126 on Opening Day". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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