Evil bankers and SEC incompetence at the movies

The financial industry has officially hit bottom. I found convincing
Box+Office.jpgproof last weekend at my neighborhood cineplex.

When an industry is the butt of big screen jokes by Will Farrell and an egg-shaped evil cartoon banker, it’s clear you can go no lower.

In the 3D animated movie “Despicable Me,” the bad guy seeks a loan from the Bank of Evil (formerly Lehman Brothers) to finance his plan to steal the moon. The few kids in the audience probably didn’t get the gag, but I cracked up.

In “The Other Guys,” a spoof of buddy cop movies starring Farrell and Mark Wahlberg, the story is ridiculous but I cackled at references to ponzi schemes, AIG, Bernie Madoff and other Securities and Exchange Commission oversight failures.

As absurd as both movies were, they were fun.

Of course, the best financial industry movie of the year won’t hit the screen until next month.

I am really looking forward to the return of Gordon Gekko in “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” Oliver Stone’s sequel to his Academy Award winning 1987 classic, “Wall Street.”

Check out these movie trailers

Despicable Me

The Other Guys

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Bonus video:

Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko in the famous “Greed is good” speech in “Wall Street.”

Photo: AP Photo/Columbia Pictures-Sony, Macall Polay

In this film publicity file image released by Columbia Pictures, Will Ferrell, left, Steve Coogan and Mark Wahlberg, right, are shown in a scene from “The Other Guys.”