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The Laundromat (2019)

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In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of a flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director:

Steven Soderbergh

Writers:

Jake Bernstein (book), Scott Z. Burns (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Oldman ... Jürgen Mossack
Antonio Banderas ... Ramón Fonseca
AJ Meijer ... Hominid #1
Arsenio Castellanos ... Hominid #2
Lucy Morningstar ... Hominid #3
Meryl Streep ... Ellen Martin
James Cromwell ... Joe Martin
Jeff Michalski ... Norm Sidley
Jane Morris ... Barb Sidley
Robert Patrick ... Captain Paris
Chris McLaughlin ... First Mate
Jay Paulson ... Pastor Conners
Melissa Rauch ... Melanie
Juliet Donenfeld ... Thalia
Brock Brenner ... Kaylen
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Storyline

When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world's wealthiest citizens amass larger fortunes. Founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen's predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world's corrupt financial system. Zipping through a kaleidoscope of detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016's Panama Papers publication - where journalists leaked the secret, encrypted documents of Mossack Fonseca's high-profile patrons - THE LAUNDROMAT's ensemble ... Written by Netflix

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

Russian | English | Mandarin | Spanish

Release Date:

27 September 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Laundromat See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1/2.35:1 (China segment)
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As became his custom, aside from directing the movie, Steven Soderbergh shot the movie (credited as Peter Andrews) and edited it (as Mary Ann Bernard). See more »


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Red Red Wine
Written by Neil Diamond
Performed by UB40
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Enjoyable exposé of offshore banking
18 October 2019 | by rogorman-1See all my reviews

This is an enjoyable, funny, exposing portrayal of the corrupt system of offshore accounts and how some apparently disconnected events share links back to the corruption at work. Maybe it shouldn't be funny because this is an infuriating reality that could be fixed if...well, if legislators were themselves not corrupt. Yes, the telling of the tale is not done in a totally conventional straight-forward linear way. But it is easy to follow and amusing, even as you feel you should be angry. And of course you realise that this film won't change a thing. But it is well made and acted.


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