Plenty of Sex, Drugs & Nudity (Including Leonardo DiCaprio’s Derriere) in Scorsese’s...

Plenty of Sex, Drugs & Nudity (Including Leonardo DiCaprio’s Derriere) in Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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The Wolf of Wall Street

After a special screening of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” for Bafta (the British Academy of Film and Television Arts) last week at Lincoln Plaza Theater, everyone talked about the non-stop sex, drugs and nudity.

Every seat in the theater was full, but the movie is so intense and action-packed, I didn’t see anyone get up during the three hours plus running time. You just don’t want to miss anything! There’s an embargo by Paramount against reviewing the film until December 17, but I can say it will not disappoint fans of the “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” and “Gangs of New York” director.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” stars Leonardo DiCaprio as real-life Wall Street broker Jordan Belfort, a white-collar crook who bilked innocent investors out of some $100 million throughout the 90’s and ended up doing a stint in the slammer.

DiCaprio gives an Oscar-worthy nominated turn and could compete against himself for “The Great Gatsby,” a favorite performance of mine that I hope doesn’t get overlooked this awards season. Jonah Hill is also terrific and hilarious as a ruthless colleague and Belfort’s best friend.

What violence was to “Goodfellas” sex is to “The Wolf of Wall Street.” There is sex in boardrooms, on planes, in luxury apartments.

Be warned, there’s also lots of non-p.c. stuff going on. An early scene in Belfort’s office shows his ruthless co-workers on a Friday afternoon in an inane contest wherein they toss a midget against a wall. Their only worry is the legal ramifications if the midget gets hurt.

DiCaprio as Belfort does some unbelievably crazy stuff, like crash land a helicopter on the lawn in front of his lavish estate while high on liquor and Quaaludes. He also walks through the office with a chimpanzee.

The Wolf of Wall Street I thought this had to be a gross exaggeration about Belfort’s life until I read the New York Magazine story about the disgraced stockbroker, now turned successful motivational speaker, where writer Geoffrey Gray wrote of his now defunct company: “It wasn’t every firm that sported hookers in the basement, drug dealers in the parking lot, exotic animals in the boardroom, and midget-tossing competitions on Fridays.”

Oh brother! It’s all there and more in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the final entry in the Oscar race, which will have its premiere in New York on Dec. 17 and is only now beginning its screenings for the various guilds and critics.

One scene among many that had everyone yammering: DiCaprio is on his stomach buck naked and a dominatrix in corset and leather is on top of him easing a lighted candle between his butt cheeks. Wax is dripping from the candle and DiCaprio is making girly noises about whether it’s “safe,” but he seems to enjoy it. You may not want to see this movie with your mother.

There’s also a hilarious scene where DiCaprio’s character has taken some ‘ludes that just kicked in and he finds himself in the self-described “cerebral palsy stage” of the drug progression where he’s drooling and has to crawl down a long flight of stairs to get to his car.

Then there’s the nudity! There are lots of scenes with gorgeous women nude and shaved. And for the ladies – and some men – more of DiCaprio’s lovely derriere fully displayed as he peers out a window. Not as aesthetic but very funny, Jonah Hill, who plays Belfort’s closest friend and colleague, pleasures himself at a party with what may or may not be a prosthetic device half way out of his pants. (I’m hoping for the latter.)

There are also some delicious cameos as well. I loved Fran Lebowitz, the writer and subject of a documentary by Scorsese, as the hard-nosed judge who sentences Belfort to hard time. Dustin Hoffman’s son Jake plays shoe designer Steve Madden. Jake Hoffman is as cute (and short) as his Dad.

Then there’s Matthew McConaughey, who is sensational as a gonzo stockbroker in a brief and early scene in the film where he’s so wild and alive he seems to pop off the screen.

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