Taking Stock
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
Review by Ross Anthony

I'm no genius with money. It used to be that my eyes would gloss over when people started talking 401k, stocks, etc. But even I knew something smelled very fishy a few years ago, when my (Los Angeles area) lights went out for three hours during the summer. Rolling Black outs. I knew Gov. Davis' deals with "the powers that be" would end up sending us down the river into a bad financial situation. This documentary tells the tale of Enron's scandals of which the California energy crisis is just one.

But, I digress. No doubt you've heard of the Enron stock scandal. You've probably heard of the many Enron employees who where swindled out of their pensions. But somehow pop-news seemed to enjoy spending much more time talking about Martha Stewart. Well, finally, you can sit down for two hours with this interesting (despite a disheartening subject matter) documentary and learn just how it all happened and who was responsible. And you don't have to be a financial wizard to get the gist.

The film focuses on the three top players of the crime of the century: well-dressed, well-educated, con men. It's required viewing for anyone interested in investing, in retiring, or voting. That is... if you believe the writers/researchers of this production. Apparently, these con men where so good they fooled, legislators, analysts and contemporaries. So, why isn't it possible that such documentaries aren't fooling us?


  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room. Copyright © 2005.
  • Directed by Alex Gibney.
  • Screenplay by Alex Gibney. Based on the book by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind.
  • Produced by Alex Gibney, Jason Kliot, Susan Motammed at Magnolia/HDnet.

Grade..........................B+ (2.5/4)

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