Fraud examination in movies: The Smartest Guys in the Room

choose a movie listed in the “white collar movie list”

For the purpose of this class, each student will select a film from a list provided, watch the film (you can rent it or stream it as a group),and write a research paper exploring the film and the portrayal of fraud and/or white-collar crime. Your paper should be 3 to 5 pages, 12-point font, 1.5 spacing, and use headers, etc. for organization. As appropriate, your paper should address:

  • Synopsis of the film; describe and analyze the fraud/crime committed in the movie
  • Overall white collar-theme of the film
  • Description of the protagonist(s) and the dilemma he/she/they faced
  • Personality, conduct, and motivations of the perpetrator(s)
  • Components of the Fraud Triangle that may be present.
  • Application of other fraud theories, as appropriate
  • What harm resulted and who were the victims?
  • The specific offense at issue, including applicable laws
  • How was the offense prosecuted, defended, or adjudicated or how might it have been?
  • Also consider:
    • Victimization and victim psychology
    • Moral ambiguity and societal response
    • Immoral and/or illegal conduct
    • Enforcement/Punishment
    • Other observations or responses