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Money Monster Review - AVClub

AVClub: “I haven’t eaten dinner alone since the ’90s,” says TV personality Lee Gates (George Clooney), as a means of chiding his no-nonsense, no-dining-companion producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) early in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster. Despite what the film considers an of-the-moment hook, it’s this line of dialogue that most clearly establishes a contemporary setting. Otherwise, Money Monster could pass for a 1998 prestige picture pretty handily, from the way it casts Clooney as the charismatic host of a morally questionable cable TV show, to its teaming of him with former superstars Roberts (behind the pretend camera) and Foster (behind the real one), right down to the TriStar Pictures logo resurrected for the opening credits. Although Money Monster wants to situate itself in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, it instead takes place in an alternate world where Clooney’s instincts for socially conscious drama were never shaped or guided by the sure hands of Steven Soderbergh.

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