“A-B-C Always Be Closing”
It’s raw. It’s intuitive. And it’s one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time. Even if you haven’t sat and watched Glengarry Glen Ross in its entirety, at one point or another, you’ve seen Blake, a salesman from downtown, berate and belittle three real estate salesmen for their lack of selling land parcels in an epic tirade. Alec Baldwin rips these poor guys to shreds, questioning everything about themselves, from their sales ability, or lack of, to their manhood.
“Put that coffee down! Coffee’s for closers only.”
Glengarry Glen Ross, based on David Mamet’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, teaches us real-life lessons about sales, real estate and the risk and reward to “always be closing.” It’s stood the test of time. Heck, it could be the reason why some of you got into the business. Films seem to have that effect on us.
Real estate has served as the backdrop for many Hollywood hits. It’s no wonder why moviegoers take a liking for such classics as The Big Short, The Money Pit and Pacific Heights, to name a few. Sure, some of which you’ve heard and seen, while others are relatively new.
If you’ve got some downtime one night, then grab the popcorn, pull up a comfy chair and enjoy these must-watch real estate movies:
The Money Pit (1986)
Director: Richard Benjamin
Starring: Tom Hanks, Shelley Long, Alexander Godunov
Is a deal, “too good to be true?” The Money Pit, produced by Steven Spielberg, is a cautionary tale about if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Add Tom Hanks and Shelley Long to the picture and you’ve got yourself comedy gold.
Based on the 1948 classic, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Hanks and Long are a young couple who get the bargain of a lifetime: purchasing a $1 million home for just $200,000. We won’t spoil it for you, but let’s say things don’t go according to plan.
The Big Short (2015)
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Christina Bale, Steve Carell
The Big Short chronicles the missteps and misfortunes that led to the 2007-08 housing and global financial crisis that would later become known as The Great Recession. A star-studded cast (Gosling, Bale and Carell), and a breakdown of the fourth wall, to explain complex financial instruments and concepts in layman’s terms shot this movie up to an instant classic. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
I Love You, Man (2009)
Director: John Hamburg
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones
How can you not enjoy a flick starring Paul Rudd? It’s the story of Peter Klaven (played by Rudd), a real estate agent in Los Angeles and newly engaged, who realizes he doesn’t have any friends, particularly guy pals. On top of that unfortunate situation, he’s struggling to sell the L.A. mansion of everyone’s favorite Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno. Things change though when he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel’s character) and a bromance ensues.
If you’re looking for great marketing ideas to promote yourself as an agent, this is a must-see. Billboards, fancy buffets and even urinal cakes become the sales pitch opportunity for Rudd and his fellow agents.
Director: Alexander Payne
Starring: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Kristen Wigg
How do you feel about downsizing…literally? This science-fiction film takes place in the not too distant future. It is about a man by the name of Paul Safranek (played by Matt Damon), an Omaha-based occupational therapist and his aspirational wife, Audrey (Kristen Wigg). They want to experience a more simple and minimalist lifestyle. So, what do they do? Undergo a revolutionary process that shrinks them down to ant size, living on a resort in New Mexico. Is life better from five inches? You’ll have to see…
99 Homes (2014)
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern
You can’t have a real estate movie list without a thriller, and this one tops the list. A recently unemployed single father (Andrew Garfield) struggles to get back his childhood home, which is now foreclosed. Through a succession of events, Garfield comes under the control of a real estate broker (Michael Shannon) and is led to evict people from their homes themselves.
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