The Founder

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  115 min.
Release Date: January 20, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray: April 18, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.29
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Cast: Michael Keaton, Laura Dern, Linda Cardellini, Nick Offerman, Patrick Wilson, John Carroll Lynch, B.J. Novak

Inspiration: Raymond Kroc


The true story of how small-time salesman Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton) met brothers Dick McDonald (Nick Offerman) and Mac McDonald (John Carroll Lynch) when he was selling them a large order of mixers for the small restaurant chain that they'd started on their own. Impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making and serving the food, he sees the potential to make a highly profitable franchise.

He manages to talk the brothers into letting him get involved, but the three soon find themselves having disagreements. When they don't approve of his ideas, such as making milkshakes from powder, he gets frustrated and eventually manages to pull the company out from under them, despite opposition from all sides, including his wife Ethel (Laura Dern). However, he goes on to eventually create the billion-dollar McDonald's empire.

Director: John Lee Hancock
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Aaron Ryder, Jeremy Renner, Don Handfield
Screenplay: Robert Siegel
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  • 5 stars "Good story good acting. Enjoyed it a lot. especially because it was based on a true story"
  • 5 stars "5 star movie, sit back and enjoy"
  • 5 stars "Interesting look into the Ray Kroc journey"