There’s nothing stupid about the response to the Toronto Film Festival Stupid money.
The audience at Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall laughed loudly and clapped louder at the world premiere of I, Tonya And Cruella director Craig Gillespie’s new comedy about the 2021 GameStop stock crunch.
Paul Dano stars as Keith Gill, the real-life YouTuber who took on billionaire hedge fund managers and won. In addition to Dano, Pete Davidson stars as Keith’s brother and Shailene Woodley as his wife. Seth Rogen plays Melvin Capital founder Gabe Plotkin, one of the biggest losers in the GameStop crisis. America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos and Sebastian Stan also star.
The actors were of course unable to attend the premiere due to the strike (Sony, an affected company, is released Stupid money in the U.S). However, director Gillespie took the TIFF stage with fellow Dumb Money producers Aaron Ryder of Ryder Pictures Company and Teddy Schwarzman of Black Bear Pictures. Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo, who co-wrote Stupid money screenplay, adaptation of the non-fiction book The antisocial network by Ben Mezrich, were also present, but only in their roles as executive producers. Mezrich was in the audience.
Angelo and Schuker Blum said they “stand in solidarity” with the writers union and their fellow strikers, noting that Stupid money was about how “Wall Street is rigged…well, Hollywood is rigged too.”
Sony is planning a limited release for Stupid money on September 22 before going wide on September 29.
You can watch the trailer Stupid money below.