The Founder

January 24th, 2017


The Founder

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Release Year: 2016

Rating: 7.3/10 ( voted)

Critic's Score: /100

Director: John Lee Hancock

Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world.

Michael Keaton - Ray Kroc
Nick Offerman - Dick McDonald
John Carroll Lynch - Mac McDonald
Linda Cardellini - Joan Smith
B.J. Novak - Harry J. Sonneborn
Laura Dern - Ethel Kroc
Justin Randell Brooke - Fred Turner
Kate Kneeland - June Martino
Patrick Wilson - Rollie Smith
Griff Furst - Jim Zien
Wilbur Fitzgerald - Jerry Cullen
David de Vries - Jack Horford (as David De Vries)
Andrew Benator - Leonard Rosenblatt
Cara Mantella - Myra Rosenblatt
Randall Taylor - Owner (Ed's Drive-In)

Taglines: Based on the true story


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 3 Jan 2016

Filming Locations: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Shortly after B.J. Novak's character is introduced there is a shot that moves across a map of the USA and briefly shows the placename Scranton. Scranton is the setting of The Office that also featured B.J. Novak. See more »

The highway lines en route to Ray Kroc driving to the first McDonald's with the golden arches are painted yellow - something that was not done in the 1950s, which was the time period this scene took place in. See more »

User Review


Rating: 7/10

The Founder is another tale of the American Dream. It's the kind of tale we've seen a million times before. American man wants to become successful, sacrifices morality for moolah, etc. It's The Godfather, it's The Social Network, it's The Wolf of Wall Street. And The Founder, while entertaining, offers pretty much nothing new, or distinctive, to contribute. It is directed fairly conventionally, the story hits all the beats you'd expect, and it's not going to stick to your memory for too long.

But that discounts the fact that the film is rather well made. Performances are uniformly solid, and the film is undeniably compelling for much of its run time. But the real reason to see the film is the powerhouse performance of Michael Keaton, a neglected actor throughout the 2000s who seems to be finally getting roles that he deserves with this, Spotlight and Birdman to consider. He is slimy, charismatic, and curiously sympathetic in all the right ways.

In all The Founder may not light your world on fire, but it's a rock solid tale of greed and the American Dream that ought to entertain most that it meets.

Side Note -I have no idea why this is playing in Australia over a month before it comes out across the rest of the world, but hey I'm not complaining.


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