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December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wolf of Wall Street had seemed like it stood a chance of becoming the top film of the holiday weekend. That was on Thursday, when the movie opened to huge ticket sales and mostly solid reviews. But it also opened to a “C” Comscore grade from first-night moviegoers, and business spiraled downward quickly on godawful word of mouth. But no criticism was stronger than that of Christina McDowell, the daughter of Tom Prousalis, a business associate of Jordan Belfort, the “Wolf” in the movie played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In an article written for L.A. Weekly, McDowell wrote that she had changed her name after learning that her father had laundered money under her name, prior to his conviction and prison sentence. The movie, McDowell wrote, amounts to a “reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals.” Addressing director Martin Scorsese, McDowell asked, “Did you think about the cultural message you’d be sending when you decided to make this film? You have successfully aligned yourself with an accomplished criminal, a guy [Belfort] who still hasn’t made full restitution to his victims … And don’t even get me started on the incomprehensible way in which your film degrades women.” Meanwhile, the Hollywood Reporter has reported that Belfort himself is set to capitalize on the new notoriety the movie has brought him by hosting a reality show in which he advises people who have gone broke on how to rebuild their lives.