Movie fans can bank on stellar cast

Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

Left to right: Steve Carell plays Mark Baum and Ryan Gosling plays Jared Vennett in The Big Short from Paramount Pictures and Regency Enterprises

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The Big Short is a blisteringly funny and provocative portrait of irresponsibility, fraud and gaudy excess, brought vividly to life by a superb ensemble cast.

Steve Carell and Christian Bale shine brightest in the glittering firmament, imbuing their socially awkward oddballs with vulnerability, guilt and regret.

Adam McKay’s film is acutely aware that most of us don’t speak the Wall Street lingo, so the writer-director cutely interrupts the wheeler dealing with glossy edutainment spots.

We might not always keep up with McKay’s rapid-fire, whipsmart dialogue, but by the end credits, we’re not far behind.

Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Tracy Letts, Rafe Spall and Selena Gomez make up the all-star cast.