February 6, 2006
News & Opinion: Smartest Guys In The Room out on DVD
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.