There's nothing quite like a good ‘get rich quick' film to get your heart beating a little faster, but which films can we actually take inspiration from when it comes to making our own millions? Are there any pearls of wisdom to be found amongst the Hollywood hyperbole? We're about to find out!
Rain Man 1988
So after a deal gone wrong, you're suddenly in an awful lot of debt. Your father has died and left his multi-million dollar estate to a brother (Dustin Hoffman) that you never knew you had. Upon visiting your brother to try and claim what you see as your half of the money, you find out that he is a mathematical genius… An idea springs to mind, do you risk everything you have left in a Las Vegas casino?
That chance to live a debt-free life was just too big of a carrot for Charlie Babbit (Tom Cruise), and he took Raymond to the casino having taught him how to count cards. Although for Rain Man, picking up the rules of poker and playing his way to the top took only a matter of days, it isn't always that simple.
If you happen to be gifted with a mathematical brain then perhaps this strategy could work for you, but for most of us poker, blackjack, and other casino games are mostly just a fun way to spend some downtime. For us, if you've got a bonafide genius for a brother, it's got to be an 8/10, otherwise, probably a 3/10 and a good way to lose your savings.
Fool's Gold 2008
Any film that brings together Matthew McConaughey and Kate Hudson is a winner, but is the plot of Fool's Gold actually a good idea when it comes to making some cold hard cash?
Finn (McConaughey) is a treasure hunter who is searching for a sunken Spanish Ship that was lost at sea in 1715. Understandably tired of this unusual lifestyle, his wife Tess (Hudson) ends up divorcing him. The plot continues as a race between Finn, his previous mentor and a gangster rapper, who all want to get their hands on the treasure. The plot becomes seriously all action, with fights, hostages, hurling people from planes and plenty more, but eventually, Tess and Finn work together to convince Finn's old mentor to join their team.
The newly formed team manage to lay claim to the treasure and the relationship between the two main characters is rekindled. The treasure makes its way to a permanent display in the newly named Fitch-Finnegan Maritime Museum. So, as far as get rich quick schemes go, they make very little money. On top of this, they risk their lives and their marriage and of course, you won't get anywhere without some treasure to find. Perhaps this is a good one for inspiring the kids to make some money treasure hunting, but for us it's a 1/10.
The Secret of My Success 1987
This film was a true comedy hit of its time, thanks mostly to Michael J. Fox. Playing Brantley Foster, a struggling part of an enormous business, he sees himself working in the mailroom, a job that leaves him bored and unfulfilled.
Bradley is blessed with one thing though, ingenuity. He decides to wait until one of his higher-ups is fired, at which point he establishes himself in their office. He has to bend, in fact, break quite a few rules, including faking some personal records, but with a little help from an uncle who works at the firm, Brantley makes it to the top. Before long he's raking in the big bucks and all because he got himself into the right place at the right time.
This plot is a tricky one, on the face of it, it's ridiculous, but some of the lessons to be learnt here really could help you to make some money. Whilst moving into someone else's office is just not feasible, the old adage ‘dress for the job that you want, not the one you have' comes to mind. People notice and respond well to confidence, so believing in yourself and ensuring that you're always going above and beyond what's expected of you, will reap rewards. In short, stealing an office is probably a 7/10 way to get rich if you can get away with it, but actively choosing to be the person that you want to be, that's a 9/10.