THE BANKER

"Th Struggles of a Young Black Entrepreneur"

Quality:
Content: -2 Discretion advised for adults.
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Language
Violence
Sex
Nudity

What You Need To Know:

THE BANKER follows genius Bernard Garrett, a young African American man with big dreams to be an entrepreneur in the 1960s. Bernard has a knack for numbers and has dreamed of being an entrepreneur since a young age. When he moves to California with his family, he works on rental properties. However, he faces obstacles in getting loans because of his skin color and the death of one of his partners.

THE BANKER is well-paced, engaging and very well acted by Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. However, the movie feels a little long at parts as jeopardy dwindles, and there is no clear villain at times. The movie has a strong moral, pro-capitalist worldview about the worth and value of every individual, which is a biblical concept. It also promotes telling the truth and standing up for what is right even when you may lose everything, the idea that everyone is worthy and valued, plus a Christian pastor is consulted for advice in one scene. Despite this, THE BANKER has a significant number of obscenities and profanities, plus brief references to infidelity.

Content:

(BB, CapCap, C, LLL, V, S, A, D, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, pro-capitalist worldview promotes telling the truth and standing up for what is right even when you may lose everything, the idea that everyone is worthy and valued, plus a Christian pastor is consulted for advice in one scene

Foul Language:
34 obscenities (including one “f” word), five GD profanities, and one Jesus profanity

Violence:
A man pushes another man into a wall and the man pushes back

Sex:
One man is an implied philanderer, and there are mentions of messing around with someone’s wife

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
Smoking but no drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying done by villain, deceit, and one character lies to get out of something, and this is passed over.

More Detail:

THE BANKER follows genius Bernard Garrett who is a young African American man with big dreams to be an entrepreneur. THE BANKER is very well acted and engaging, with good pacing and a strong moral, pro-capitalist worldview about standing up for truth, but there is a significant number of obscenities and profanities, plus brief references to infidelity.

In the 1960s, Bernard Garrett is a young boy who would listen to white entrepreneurs while he polished their shoes. At that time, segregation was still prevalent where Bernard lives, and he dreams of moving to California to make something of himself. Years later, after getting married and having a child, Bernard moves his family to California. Motivated and eager, Bernard wants to start out in real estate, so every day he walks the streets looking for a building to buy to rent out to people.

Bernard finds a complex he wants to buy, but the first hurdle is finding someone who will loan him the money, even though he’s African American. Soon, he finds a partner who recognizes Bernard’s talent and intelligence. Together, they buy multiple rental properties.

When his partner dies, however, Bernard is back to square one and questions if he will ever make it as an entrepreneur in the 60s. Once he meets another African American businessman, Joe Morris, the two men partner up and start to do well. When expanding into the South, however, they come into opposition and question if they will make it.

THE BANKER is well-paced, engaging and very well acted by Anthony Mackie and Samuel L. Jackson. Despite this, the movie feels a little long at parts as jeopardy dwindles, and there is no clear villain at times.

THE BANKER has a strong moral, pro-capitalist worldview about the worth and value of every individual, which is a biblical concept. It also promotes telling the truth and standing up for what is right even when you may lose everything, the idea that everyone is worthy and valued, plus a Christian pastor is consulted for advice in one scene. Despite this, THE BANKER has a significant number of obscenities and profanities, plus brief references to infidelity.

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