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The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron

6.01 h 24 min200313+
The rise and fall of the Enron company, as seen from the perspective of employee Brian Cruver, based on his book.
Penelope Spheeris
Christian KaneShannon Elizabeth
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4.5 out of 5 stars

46 global ratings

  1. 79% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 7% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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SlackAliceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really quite educating and engrossing
Verified purchase
I enjoyed watching this. They characters are not overly-complicated which made this documentary/movie easier to understand as they attempted, successfully in my view, to explain how the Enron thing happened. Definitely worth if you like to understand relatively complex financial issues without all the money speak.
JOHN HACKERReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
well pleased
Verified purchase
good value and quality productand delivery was good as well came in the time that was stated very pleased with it
Torben RetbollReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 February 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Fatally flawed
“The Crooked E: The Unshredded truth about Enron” is a 2003 movie that is based on a true story. Here is some basic information about it:

** Directed by Penelope Spheeris
** Written by Steven Mazur
** Run time: 80 minutes

This film is a dramatized story about the last days of Enron, the giant US company that crashed in October-November-December 2001. It is based on the book [[ASIN:0099446820 Enron: Anatomy of Greed]] by Brian Cruver (2003). The author worked for the company for less than one year, from April to December 2001.

The cast includes the following:

** Christian Kane as Brian Cruver
** Shannon Elizabeth as Courtney (his fiancée)
** Brian Dennehy as Mr Blue

** Mike Farrell as Kenneth Lay
** John Ted Wayne as Jeff Skilling
** Natalie Brown as Amber St. Pierre (Miss April)

** Jennifer Hill as Miss August
** Cameron Bancroft as Duffy
** Jonas Chernick as Bernie Bickers (Brian’s friend)

Some of these characters are real persons, such as Brian Cruver, Kenneth Lay and Jeff Skilling, while other characters are fictional, such as Mr Blue, Miss April and Miss August.

Neither Brian’s fiancée Courtney nor his colleague Duffy has a last name. Perhaps this surprising detail is a sign that this film is not really a serious project, even though the topic covered by the film is very serious.

The characters are thin; they have no real substance; they are like cartoons. When Brian enters Enron’s building for the first time, he is impressed by its size, as if he has never seen a huge building before. When Brian enters Mr Blue’s office for the first time, he is impressed by its size and furniture. As if he has never seen a large office with furniture before.

It gets worse: Brian is deeply impressed by the constant talk about money, so he quickly decides to buy several things he and Courtney do not really need. He buys a new car, a new watch and a new television set. With money that he has not yet earned. He is counting on future profits, just as the management of Enron did. Future profits that never arrived.

At the beginning of the movie Brian and Courtney plan a small-scale wedding with close family and friends. But when Brian starts working for Enron, he hires a professional wedding planner and plans to have a huge wedding with two or three hundreds guests. In short, he becomes a person who is hard to like, and we can guess what this does to Courtney and her feelings for him.

Sadly, this movie is filled with clichés, even though the topic that is covered here is no cliché at all. There is a sharp contrast between the serious subject of the film and the superficial characters that are presented in it.

How good is this film? Perhaps I should say: how bad is it? On IMDb it has a rating of 62 per cent. I cannot believe this figure. How can such a bad movie get such a good rating? On Amazon it has received mixed reviews, all the way from one star to five stars. This makes more sense to me.

I can relate to the negative opinions about this film. It is based on a true story, but unfortunately, it is not told very well. This film is fatally flawed, and therefore it cannot get more than two stars.

PS # 1. [[ASIN:B000GJ0NT8 Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room]] is a documentary film from 2005, released on DVD in 2007. It is based on the book [[ASIN:0141011459 The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and the Scandalous Fall of Enron]] by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind (2003).

PS # 2. For more information, see the following books:

** [[ASIN:0471478881 Enron: The Rise and Fall]] by Loren Fox (2002, 2003)

** [[ASIN:1854108832 Power failure: The Rise and Fall of Enron]] by Mimi Swartz with Sharron Watkins (2003)
The Movie GuyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
The movie is about Brian Cruver who hired on to Enron in 2001. His life at Enron runs parallel to the company as he over extends his credit based on future earnings. About the best thing you can say about the movie is it shows us how the microcosm reflects the macrocosm, or vice-versa. This is a dummy down version of what happened.

It is not political, nor does it do justice to havoc Enron did to the world, but rather focused on a small group of people in one department and how it affected their lives, including buying more Enron stock as it was tanking because they were all drinking Enron Kool-aid. Don't expect a hard hitting docudrama.

This is a rather lame, made for TV type movie, which also focuses on how Enron ruined "the relationship." Mike Farrell (Alan Alda light) gives us a stinker of a performance as Ken Lay, clearly miscast for the role.
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Mike SimmonsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2010
1.0 out of 5 stars
Why Did They Even Produce It?
I'm a huge fan of anything relating to corporate scandals and the shady things in the world of banking. I enjoyed very much the document 'Enron - The Smartest Guys In The Room'. So, it was only natural I ordered this one too. Boy was it a wrong move.

This movie never gets going, and it feels very stiff. The cast is not interesting enough and you won't get anything new on Enron.

After watching this feature film I was sorry I lost some 1.5 hours of my life. If you want to waste some of your time, you should definately watch this flick.
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