'Americons' revisits the mortgage meltdown on an indie film budget

January 22, 2015 8:02 AM

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Take away the high-wattage stars, the staggering budget and the celebratory nature of the thievery, and "The Wolf of Wall Street" would look something like "Americons," an indie parable about greed, high-living and wrongdoing that led to the real estate/home mortgage meltdown.

It's a short, curt and occasionally heavy-handed slap at the major villains of that era - the hustling, rule-breaking lenders and those who bought and shuffled around those iffy loans. And underneath it all is the warning that few then or now heeded the lesson that nobody seemed to learn.

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