‘Arbitrage’ solicits sympathy for devil
(MCT) — It’s an unseemly request by a movie, to ask us to root for the lying, scrambling but extremely well-coiffed hedge fund billionaire weasel played by Richard Gere in the new film “Arbitrage.” But there it is. The movie does ask, and to varying degrees, we comply.
The website Investopedia defines “arbitrage” this way: “The simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from a difference in the price. It is a trade that profits by exploiting price differences of identical or similar financial instruments on different markets or in different forms.”
Did you know that’s what “arbitrage” meant? I did not. And yet I enjoyed it, even as I hustled here and there to keep up with its Wall Street argot. The writing’s juicy and effective, and the actors have fun with it.
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