YMMV / Margin Call

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: John Tuld insists "it wasn't brains that got me here"- that is, to be the man in charge of the company- and he acts as though this is all out of his control and that if they do not sell (and ruin the market doing so), there are a number of other companies in the exact same position they are in now that will do the same and so the only ethics left are those of survival. Yet he also says that it is his job to predict "where the music is going" - that is, what the market will be months or years down the line-, and he is pretty quick to come to his ultimately very ruthless decision that might leave the company's reputation in the ruins and force him to retire but will also leave him and a handful of others very, very rich. Is he as innocent as he claims to be, or did he see this coming a mile off, know exactly what borderline / outright criminal activities his company was involved in, and is he basically the Big Bad Bitch in Sheep's Clothing of the whole movie?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: All the criticism leveled at Demi Moore's character Sarah Robbertson. She is based off Erin Callan the CFO of Lehman. Callan was fired just around the time that Lehman was contemplating selling itself to a different bank, and six months later, she would attempt suicide.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The movie is about a collective group of people who make the conscious decision to cross it. Dumping worthless securities on unsuspecting buyers bothers everyone, but not enough for anyone to say no.
  • The Woobie: Eric Dale. Sacked just before his greatest contribution to the firm and effectively bullied into coming back. He also pulls off a Crowning Moment Of Heart Warming by explaining how he saved a town 1,200+ years of time by building a bridge. And ironically he has one of the kindest fates by the end of the film, he just makes it clear that money isn't everything for him.