In celebration of the 88th Academy Awards that aired on Feb. 29, here’s a list of the movies about real estate Inman.com said are a must-see for real estate agents. The article, “5 movies about real estate every agent should watch,” also included memorable lines and fun facts from each movie.
The Big Short (2015) — Awarded the Oscar for the best-adapted screenplay, this film is a “tell-all depiction of the credit default swap debacle,” according to Inman.com staff writer Amy Swinderman. The movie is all about the financial market crash and how a group profited from betting against it. Based on the book “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine,” by Michael Lewis, the film includes an all-star cast, some of whom speak to the camera at times to offer explanations of key concepts.
Memorable line: “I have a feeling, in a few years people are going to be doing what they always do when the economy tanks. They will be blaming immigrants and poor people.”
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) — “Widely regarded as one of the best films of all time, this is a tale of the seedy side of the real estate business,” Swinderman wrote about the film that chronicles two days in the lives of Chicago real estate agents. The iconic film stars Alec Baldwin as Blake, sent by the company to motivate the rest of the agents — Al Pacino, Ed Harris, and Jack Lemmon, among them — through the use of a monthly sales contest in which a Cadillac is the top prize. The agents take a by-any-means necessary approach to the contest. According to Swinderman, the film has been used as a training tactic for agents to demonstrate both the dos and don’ts of the business. The famous line, “A-B-C. A – Always. B – Be. C – Closing. Always be closing,” comes from the film.
Fun Fact: The “F-word” is used 138 times. The movie runs 100 minutes, so that’s about 1.38 F-bombs per minute of screen time, noted Swinderman.
The Money Pit (1986) — Based on the 1948 film, “Mr. Blandings Builds HisDream House,” this comedy stars Shelly Long and Oscar winner Tom Hanks as a couple who buy a mansion in need of extensive TLC for the low, low price of $200,000. The house literally falls apart around them, which causes a considerable amount of stress for the couple, especially when the contractors keep telling them the many renovations will “only take two weeks” to complete. They decide to finish renovating the house, split the proceeds and go their separate ways. All ends well once the renovations are complete, however, and the couple marries in front of their dream home.
Fun fact: The home used in the film is in the Village of Lattingtown on Long Island, N.Y. Renovations were completed on the house, and it is currently listed for sale at $8 million, according to Zillow.com.
I Love You, Man (2009) — Another comedy, this one stars Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven, a small-time real estate agent trying to sell the “hulk-sized” beachside home of actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno. Newly engaged yet friendless, Klaven “auditions” guys to be his best man and ultimately becomes friends with Sydney Fife — a professional open house attender portrayed by Jason Siegel — who helps him blossom as an agent. “Although the real estate agent storyline is Peter’s backstory in this film, the stereotypical depictions of agents are comical here…,” Swinderman wrote.
Memorable line: “Slappin’ da baaaaass!”
Pacific Heights (1990) — This psychotic thriller will make you think twice about renting to a stranger. Matthew Modine and Melanie Griffith star as a couple who buy an expensive townhouse in San Francisco convert it into three living spaces and rent it out without checking credit or getting references. Michael Keaton is one of those tenants, who moves in even though his wire transfer of six months’ worth of rent never comes through. Funny things start to happen, causing the other tenants to move out and leaving the homeowners alone with Keaton, who they now know is the culprit behind the antics.
Fun fact: “A New York Times reviewer called this film ‘perhaps the first eviction thriller,'” Swinderman wrote. The movie’s chilling, suspenseful style has been likened to that of Alfred Hitchcock films, two of which starred Griffith’s mother Tippi Hedren. Hedren also makes a cameo appearance in this film.
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