Movie Review: “The Laundromat”

If there is a better “comedy-drama” film about tax havens, I’d like to see it.  The Laundromat goes into the folks behind the Panama Papers scandal, and ends with a message from Meryl Streep, as herself:

“Tax evasion cannot possibly be fixed while elected officials are pleading for money from the very elites who have the strongest incentives to avoid taxes.”

It’s just out, and maybe it’s not for everybody.  A friend said she didn’t follow it very well.  But for anyone who has been in international tax, at least on the government side, it should be fun.

From Wikipedia:

The Laundromat is a 2019 American biographical comedy-drama film directed by Steven Soderbergh, with a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns. It stars Meryl StreepGary OldmanAntonio BanderasJeffrey WrightDavid Schwimmer,  Matthias SchoenaertsJames Cromwell, and Sharon Stone.

Weeks after its limited theatrical release, but just two days before its scheduled wide streaming release, the two men at the center of the film, Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca sued Netflix on October 16, 2019, attempting to block the film’s release. They argued that the film defamed them. Netflix responded the next day, calling the suit “laughable” and saying the film was “constitutionally protected speech.”


This comes 38 years after the “Gordon Report” on tax havens by my old boss Richard A. Gordon,


One thought on “Movie Review: “The Laundromat””

  1. Thanks! We need more movies like this that place a human face on financial issues. It never ceases to amaze me how the media dismisses discussion of such issues as boring and then focuses on some petty issue involving sex or drunkenness. This movie deals with serious issues and is delightfully entertaining.

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