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Diana Saenger’s “Wall Street” Isn’t Worth the Paper It’s Printed On

In response to Diana Saenger’s 267‑word review of The Wolf of Wall Street on

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Near the end of Diana Saenger’s “Wolf of Wall Street,” she opines that the script “comes across as one note.” What was it that Jebus said in Whocarezichiaus 84: 79? “Let he who is without one-noted-ness cast the first stone?”


Saenger would do well to heed these words of wisdom lest she be struck by lightning: her review is the very definition of one note. And worse, that one note doesn’t even happen to be legit crit.  

Saenger spends her entire piece (which is, granted, only 267 words) decrying the film excesses, which she considers “almost pure porn.” Nearly every syllable is a condemnation of the content of the film with nary a word on its merits as a work of art (for films are an art form, whether you agree with their morality or not).

Perhaps Saenger would prefer a world where our art does not challenge us or hold up a mirror to society’s ills. We can all just watch clips of wagging puppy tails and teeny weeny kitty cats sneezing. Yay!

In Saenger’s world, Walter White should have just remained a chemistry teacher—what a fun story that would have been!

Mark Twain famously said, “censorship is like banning steak because a baby can’t chew it.” Saenger’s review is the manifestation of this. Don’t support it.     

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