February 6, 2006

News & Opinion: Smartest Guys In The Room out on DVD

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Over the weekend, I watched Enron: Smartest Guys In The Room. The movie is based on the book written by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind. The authors are both interviewed in this amazing documentary. The movie was produced Magnolia Pictures and distributed by HDNet Films (both Mark Cuban owned companies).

I think they did a great job with it. There really is an amazing story to the rise and fall of this company. There is greed, politics, and even natural disasters. If you never paid attention, it is the perfect way to get caught up now that the trial of Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling is underway.

It is rated R which surprised me a little. They have audio of traders on conference calls using some coarse language, but I think the true reason for the rating is some scenes of topless dancing in a strip club. Believe it or not, it has relevance in one of the characters to the Enron story. I think they could have made the plot point as just strongly without the awkward nudity.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.