It has been a wild week for the stock market, with amateur traders from Reddit’s r/WallStreetBets subreddit fighting conventional financiers. The previous numerous days have had plenty of massive swings in stocks like GameStop and AMC and app-fueled drama that’s sparked a bigger debate over the nature of Wall Street as a whole.
But if you were intending to sit back this weekend, unwind, and take pleasure in a classic organization motion picture about shark-like investors and over-confident Wall Street executives, you’re most likely out of luck. Almost every significant finance movie isn’t readily available to stream right now in the United States (at least, not at the time of publication of this short article), thanks to the capricious nature of the streaming market, the progressively fragmented libraries of studios, and the byzantine licensing offers that regulate what you can stream and where.
Now, you can stream it with advertisements on Crackle, of all services. Paramount (which distributed the movie) may be conserving it for Paramount Plus, which is set to release in March, but that will not do you any excellent this weekend. Instead, your only option is to purchase or lease it– which, it seems, many people are doing, given that the film has shot to the No. 3 spot on iTunes.
The Paramount film is no place to be found on any streaming platform. Unless you’re ready to pony up some real money to purchase or rent the film (which, like The Huge Short, is shooting up rental charts), you won’t be enjoying Leonardo DiCaprio’s profanity-fueled chest-thumping either.
20 th Century Fox’s Wall Street is– predictably– not on Disney Plus to stream, but it’s likewise not readily available on Hulu or any other service. If you are looking for a monetary film to see this weekend, though, the follow up, Wall Street: Cash Never Sleeps, is on Amazon Prime. There’s also Margin Call, which is streaming on Peacock (in the meantime).
But the dearth of traditional Wall Street movies isn’t an unique issue. There was a comparable issue during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when millions of viewers looking to see Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film Contagion were disappointed that the film wasn’t readily available to stream anywhere.
The fact that iconic Wall Street movies will similarly miss the big moment around enthusiastic investors and skeevy brief selling is a sign of a bigger problem with streaming in 2021, one that will likely continue to worsen as increasingly more studios continue to reclaim their material for their own services.
Then again, it’s nearly fitting that the only method to enjoy The Wolf of Wall Street or The Huge Short this weekend is to pay a little additional money back into the big financial maker.