The Wolf of Wall Street elicits a lot of laughs. Most come at the expense of the victims of the immense fraud depicted in the movie. Like so many Hollywierd movies, the crooks are made to be the sympathetic characters, and the victims are shown as dimwitted, disengaged fools.
Unless, of course the crooks are Big Tobacco or Big Oil.
Martin Scorsese knows how to sell tickets. But to me, movies like The Wolf have a lot in common with Rap music; gratuitous, violent, over-the-top and vulgar, on purpose. Audiences feast on it like wolves.
But beyond that, some of Hollywierd's most popular and influential stars, Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, then go out and reinforce the same wrong headed Glorification of Creepdom thinking it makes them 'cool' I guess.
I really miss stars I could look up to.