Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005 film)

Another good film that every aspiring financial analyst should see.

Plot summary below…


Enron dives from the seventh largest US company to bankruptcy in less than a year in this tale told chronologically. The emphasis is on human drama, from suicide to 20,000 people sacked: the personalities of Ken Lay (with Falwellesque rectitude), Jeff Skilling (he of big ideas), Lou Pai (gone with $250 M), and Andy Fastow (the dark prince) dominate. Along the way, we watch Enron game California’s deregulated electricity market, get a free pass from Arthur Andersen (which okays the dubious mark-to-market accounting), use greed to manipulate banks and brokerages (Merrill Lynch fires the analyst who questions Enron’s rise), and hear from both Presidents Bush what great guys these are. – TraderDaily

I think there is a decent chance Ken Lay is alive and on a tropical island

The book was way better. Up there with The Predators Ball, Barbarians at the Gate and Liar’s Poker Yes, I am sure that Ken is yuckin it up with Bruce Lee and Elvis on the island too

All I gotta say about Enron is that you shouldn’t hire a Tufts grad as your CFO. Enough said.

Sup Wendy,

You seem to be on a finance movie streak !!

I thought of making a finance-movies list thread. Actually, a sticky finance books & movies thread would be awesome.

I guess Wendy is our resident movie critic who specializes in finance movies that everyone has already seen.

I made a thread about this movide in 05 or 06 when it first hit dvd. LMAO

I’ve seen this movie a few times. It’s pretty decent… Since I live in Houston, a lot of this stuff hits home. I go by the former Enron building all the time, I know people who used to work for AA Houston and Enron, I know a girl who worked with the lawyer representing one of the whistleblowers, etc.

Hell…the YMCA I go to, Ken Lay and his wife are on the list of platinum doners or whatever…

Bethany McLean, the reporter who broke the story and wrote the book, is a babe.

idk about that…she is aight…we didn’t see her legs in pumps or anything…suspect at this piont.