Wolf of Wallstreet and the American Dream
In a farewell speech to his employees, Belfort proclaims, “Stratton Oakmont is America.” What he meant was, the firm was a place where have-nothings could make it rich. But there’s some intentional irony here after we’ve seen scenes upon scenes of their extravagant lifestyles compared to the reality of a have-nothing life. Belfort goes on to talk about never hanging up the phone with potential investors until they get the investment money–until they get what they deserve. The American Dream has evolved from the land of opportunity to the land of entitlement.