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Funny Money

Welcome back to Faith in Film! This week, we're talking about The Big Short, the informative and playful 2016 film about the 2008 Financial Crisis. You know, a lighthearted movie that's fun for the whole family! Kidding, of course. I have to say, though, for someone who was too young to understand what was happening when it went down, this film has taught me a lot!

The film follows 4 groups of people who successfully predicted the collapse of the economy (and made money off of it). They are FrontPoint Capital, led by Mark Baum (Steve Carell), Scion Capital, led by Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Cornwall Capital, led by Charlie Geller, Jamie Shipley, and Ben Rickert (John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, and Brad Pitt), and Deutsche Bank's Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling).

Quite the star-studded cast, right? It's buoyed even more by cameos from Margot Robbie, the late Anthony Bourdain, and Selena Gomez to help explain the complex financial concepts that caused the crisis.