The Laundromat


We select one movie each year as our “family” movie.  This is the one movie that Karl see’s whether he likes it or not.  After the debacle of Nocturnal Animals, we choose this movie very carefully.  This year we felt totally tricked by the movie we selected – The Laundromat.  This film contained award winning actors Meryl Streep (Mary Poppins Returns) & Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour); the writer that brought us The Bourne Ultimatum (Scott Z. Burns) and the director of Logan Lucky and Ocean’s Eleven (Steven Soderbergh).   The fact that it was loosely based on a financial scandal was just icing on the cake.

Karl felt so strongly about this movie, he wrote the following:

This is what you get when Hollywood is clueless about the subject matter. In fact, it didn’t seem they even knew what the subject matter was!  The best explanation I have is that the movie attempts to take all the silly legal, banking, and accounting things we see in TV shows and combine them all into one movie. The film loses its way very early and never recovers.

The Laundromat includes insurance fraud, asset protection, adultery, bribery, murder, and losing a Las Vegas condo to a higher bidder without ever seriously delving into any of it. It really veers off course in the last five minutes by trying to make an emotional statement about US tax law and campaign finance.  Not really spoiling anything because it just shows up out of nowhere. Of course, the film does nothing to present any evidence to support their conclusions. Just emotional gibberish.

It is currently on Netflix if you are a fan of any of the above mentioned “artists”.

Our Rating for “The Laundromat”

Half Cupcake - The GBY

Official Trailer for “The Laundromat”:

Official Synopsis of “The Laundromat”:

When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin (Meryl Streep) begins investigating a fake insurance policy, only to find herself down a rabbit hole of questionable dealings that can be linked to a Panama City law firm and its vested interest in helping the world’s wealthiest citizens amass larger fortunes. Founding partners Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas) are experts in the seductive ways shell companies and offshore accounts help the rich and powerful prosper. They are about to show us that Ellen’s predicament only hints at the tax evasion, bribery and other illicit absurdities that the super wealthy indulge in to support the world’s corrupt financial system. Zipping through a kaleidoscope of detours in China, Mexico, Africa (via Los Angeles) and the Caribbean en route to 2016’s Panama Papers publication – where journalists leaked the secret, encrypted documents of Mossack Fonseca’s high-profile patrons.

“The Laundromat” Q & A TIFF 2019


Principal Cast Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas (Life Itself), Melissa Rauch, Nonso Anozie
Director Steven Soderbergh
Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, based on the book by Jake Bernstein
Cinematographer Steven Soderbergh
Editor Steven Soderbergh
 Production Companies Anonymous Content, Grey Matter Productions, Topic Studios, Sugar23
Run Time 95 minutes
Genre Comedy, Crime, Drama
Premier Venice Film Festival 2019

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