Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room | Chicago Reader

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room

Based on Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind's nonfiction book The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, this absorbing and intelligent documentary by Alex Gibney presents the chronology and major characters of one of the greatest corporate swindles in U.S. history. Those who suspect that gangsters are taking over the country will find this a pretty lucid account of the methodologies employed. The only serious distraction and ethical lapse is Gibney's sarcastic, cheap-shot use of popular songs like “That Old Black Magic,” “Love for Sale,” and “God Bless the Child” to underscore certain points; it seems almost to celebrate the shamelessness of the creeps being exposed. 110 min.

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