In January 2021, amid COVID-19, a short squeeze of the stock of video game retailer GameStop by a group of Redditors took the news world by storm. Now this Fall, the tale of /wallstreetbets hits the big screen in “Dumb Money,” Craig Gillespie‘s film about the stock tip that went viral.
Based on Ben Mezrich‘s 2021 book “The Antisocial Network,” “Dumb Money” stars Paul Dano as Keith Gill, an average guy who decides to throw all his life savings into GameStop stock and post about it on Reddit. But when a bunch of other Redditors decide to do the same thing, Wall Street starts to go crazy.
Here’s an official synopsis for “Dumb Money,” courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing:
Dumb Money is the ultimate David vs. Goliath tale, based on the insane true story of everyday people who flipped the script on Wall Street and got rich by turning GameStop (yes, the mall videogame store) into the world’s hottest company. In the middle of everything is regular guy Keith Gill (Paul Dano), who starts it all by sinking his life savings into the stock and posting about it. When his social posts start blowing up, so does his life and the lives of everyone following him. As a stock tip becomes a movement, everyone gets rich – until the billionaires fight back, and both sides find their worlds turned upside down.
“Dumb Money” also stars Pete Davidson, Vincent D’Onofrio, America Ferrera, Nick Offerman, Anthony Ramos, Sebastian Stan, Shailene Woodley, and Seth Rogen.
Gillespie directs a script from Lauren Blum and Rebecca Angelo. Aaron Ryder, Teddy Schwarzman, and Gillespie produce “Dumb Money” through Black Bear Pictures, Stage 6 Films, and Ryder Picture Company.
So will “Dumb Money” become a comedy classic, or a flash in the pan like the GameStop short squeeze itself? Find out when the film hits theaters on September 22, from Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing. Watch a trailer for the film below.