Viewers praise Netflix's new number-one movie for being as good as The Wolf of Wall Street
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Viewers are full of praise for Netflix’s new number one movie, with many comparing it to The Wolf of Wall Street – saying anyone who doesn’t enjoy it ‘hates having fun’.
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Starring Emily Blunt and Chris Evans, Pain Hustlers follows a single mum’s journey into the ‘complicated dynamics of a failing pharmaceutical start-up', as she desperately tries to build a better life for her and her daughter.
Things grow difficult when she learns the company she’s joined is tangled up in a racketeering scam, meaning her role becomes a lot more dangerous than she bargained for.
A synopsis from Netflix says: “Dreaming of a better life for her and her young daughter, Liza (Emily Blunt) lands a job from Pete (Chris Evans) at a failing pharma start-up, where Liza’s charm, drive, and guts catapult her into the high life and the company into the center of a criminal conspiracy with dire consequences.”
Since premiering on the streaming site on Friday 27 October, the film has shot to the top of Netflix’s Top 10 – with many viewers comparing it to a certain 2013 black comedy, which lifted the lid on the dark side of another notorious corporate world.
One person tweeted: “Pain Hustlers was good and enjoyable and everyone who denies it hates having fun.”
Another wrote: “Pain Hustlers is such a good, relevant film. I highly recommend it.”
Someone else said: “Stop whatever you’re doing and go watch Pain Hustlers on Netflix. It’s like a slightly saner version of Wolf of Wall Street.”
A fourth also commented: “Pain Hustlers; it’s like Wolf of Wall Street meets opoid.”
A fifth added: “If you want goosebumps and tears from a movie, I recommend this. Very much reminding me of Wolf of Wall Street. But more touching as all the news in the last few years spring to mind suddenly. Wow.”
The new pharmaceutical drama comes from BAFTA Award-winning filmmaker, David Yates.
Discussing the central role of Liza to Netflix fan site Tudum, he said: “Her superpower is that she understands people, and she’s a bit of a dreamer.
“She’s also hugely ambitious, and what she’s really looking for, ultimately, I think, is validation and acceptance.”
As for Chris Evans' Pete Brenner, Yates added: “Everything in Pete’s life is transactional.
“It’s all about the sale. He doesn’t really have any deep connections with anyone beyond that notion of hitting the right numbers. So there’s a superficiality to him, but equally there’s a vulnerability to him. He’s also very entertaining because he’s completely unfiltered — loud, brash, profane.”
Watch Pain Hustlers on Netflix now.