Life is a Highway

Life is a Highway

Monday, May 30, 2016

Giannis Tsirigotis: Other People's Money 1991- Danny DeVito

Source: Giannis Tsirigotis- Danny DeVito-
Source: Giannis Tsirigotis: Other People's Money 1991- Danny DeVito

Other People's Money is a satire about corporate America and what happens there. When someone tries to do a hostile takeover of another company where an investor or a group of investors of a company, decide they don't like how that company is being run. And believe they can do it much better. I'ts similar to Wall Street from 1987, but you have Danny DeVito as the lead. So it's a very funny movie which is what you get from Danny DeVito in pretty much any movie he's ever done. He plays someone who's essentially, (pardon the term a prick) but does it in such a charming and funny way, you almost have to like the guy. Sort of the way Larry Hagman played JR Ewing on Dallas. DeVito plays Larry Garfield a Wall Street investor, who essentially buys up companies. And then sells them fro a profit which is how he makes his money. Very similar to the role Michael Douglas played in Wall Street, playing Gordon Gecko.

The ironic thing about this movie to me and I'm not trying to sound partisan here, but this should be a movie that's targeted towards Conservatives. Because it's about private enterprise, the person with the most money and the best management skills to make the most money ends up getting the company he wants. Yes, it has a Hollywood progressive slant to it. Making the Wall Street guy look like a prick, a charming prick at that. But the big shot gets what he wants, what he goes after. And there's nothing illegal about it, unlike the Gecko character. Who gets his information through insider trading. But here's where I'm going with this. Larry Garfield in the movie trying to make the case that he can spend these people's money better than them. "Give me your company and I'll spend your money better for you on your behalf."

The title of the movie is Other People's Money, that's a clue big enough that Stevie Wonder could see. Conservatives and Libertarians have been arguing for years that no one can spend the people's money better than the people themselves. When someone tells you they can spend your money better than you ask them for a hundred bucks, a blank check even. And then tell them you are going to spend that money on their behalf. Just to see what kind of reaction you get from them. That's the argument that the Larry Garfield character was trying to make in this movie. "I can spend you're money better than you."