Melissa McCarthy is set to handle some serious business in The Boss, and thanks to her no-nonsense and totally boss approach to business and life as serial entrepreneur Michelle Darnell, we started thinking about five other films that young entrepreneurs need to watch. Check out the list below and let us know what you think.
The Social Network
It’s the film that inspired high school kids the world over to get coding and start creating, and is more than worthy of being binge watched over and over again by young entrepreneurs everywhere. Its most noteworthy scene occurs in a nightclub between an impressionable Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and the slick Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), where he imparts his advice onto Mark. While Timberlake steals every scene he’s in, it’s Eisenberg’s obsession and focus that hypnotises everyone who watches this film.
While Wall Street wildman Jordan Belfort finally got his own movie with The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo Dicaprio, it was his influence that inspired Ben Younger to craft this 2000 cult classic. Following rich delinquent Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) as he makes his way into the seedy world of pump and dump brokerages, the film takes a darker look at the side of entrepreneurship, but still has some very compelling and wonderful performances. Chief among them is Ben Affleck as ace salesman Jim Young, who entrances the young trainees with wild and excessive stories of money, cars and girls, and teaches them the value of what it means to ‘act as if’. Vin Diesel also makes a dynamic early appearance as charismatic broker Chris Varick. With plenty of style and a lot of substance, Boiler Room is a terrific watch.
Behind every entrepreneur is an obsessive passion, and rap superstar Eminem explored that to the fullest in Curtis Hanson’s hard hitting drama 8 Mile. A very personal movie for Eminem, based in part on his own life, it follows the struggles of Jimmy “B Rabbit” Smith Jr., who is doing everything he can to escape his dead-end existence and make it in the world of rap. If 8 Mile can teach anything to entrepreneurs, then it’s the ‘no quit will’ that you need to embrace to succeed.
Glengarry Glen Ross
If you want to succeed in business, then there’s one rule you need to follow: ABC (ALWAYS BE CLOSING). Glengarry Glen Ross is a masterpiece of modern cinema, and features some incredible writing courtesy of David Mamet. Alec Baldwin also takes business to a whole new level with his rant on the nature of why you should: ALWAYS BE CLOSING. Totally over-the-top and excessive, this scene will have you absolutely pumped and wanting to sell something.
Lords of Dogtown
To be an entrepreneur you need to be a risk taker, and the in 1970s the Z-Boys of Dogtown followed this to a T. While Lords of Dogtown does not scream out business, the three young skaters at the centre of its story, Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk), Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), and Stacy Peralta (John Robinson), were a testament to the concept of originality, and why you have to go for it. They worked hard on the ramps, and partied harder on the beach. Plus, their mentor was wild man Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger)…it doesn’t get much cooler than that.