The Founder

The Founder

By John Lee Hancock

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2017-01-20
  • Advisory Rating: PG-13
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Director: John Lee Hancock
  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini
  • Awards: 1 win & 3 nominations.
  • iTunes Price: USD 14.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 4.99
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The Founder Description

Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.
1954. Having worked as a salesman most of his adult life, Ray Kroc has been a hustler in most senses of the word. That hustling has made him the target of derision among certain circles for peddling what have ended up being more novelty or faddish than useful products, but it has also placed more than a comfortable roof in Arlington Heights, Illinois over his and his wife Ethel's heads. Ethel, however, wishes that he placed as much effort into being at home with her than he is in selling, his current job of peddling five-spindle milkshake makers for Prince Castle which has him constantly on the road going from one drive-in restaurant to another. It is because of the beefs he has with the whole drive-in experience (bad food, bad service) in constantly eating at such establishments while on the road that he becomes enthralled with the concept of McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernardino, California, it owned and operated by brothers Richard McDonald and Maurice McDonald - Dick and Mac. Unlike most of Ray's customers who will only require one five-spindle milkshake maker at any given time, the McDonald brothers end up purchasing eight machines for their single restaurant. Primarily on Dick's initiative, the brothers have redesigned the whole concept of the drive-in restaurant to focus on quality food through a smaller menu of only the most popular items (hamburgers, fries, sodas), consistency in product so that customers know what to expect from time to time, change in the target market from lounging teenagers to families, and perhaps most importantly speed in having any order ready within seconds, many of these goals achievable through assembly line styled production. They had tried franchising previously, but failed in that they lost control over many of those aspects which made their San Bernardino restaurant successful. Despite believing Ray a bit off kilter (in other words, crazy), the McDonald brothers somewhat hesitantly enter into a contract with him to be their head of franchising. Ray's experience in the job is not without its problems, especially as his franchisees seem to be making more money than he is, he who is only breaking even. He is not averse to advancing ideas provided to him to get ahead - original ideas which are not his forte - he seeing the brothers as his biggest problem in they thinking small. These differences lead to a standoff between Ray and the brothers, the former who has a different goal for "his" business in profit and stoking his own ego seemingly his main priorities.
The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

"The Bounder" is a British sitcom which ran from 16 April 1982 to 28 October 1983, made by Yorkshire Television. The series starred Peter Bowles as Howard Booth, an ex-convict who served two years in jail.

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The Founder Movie Reviews

  • This is America

    tdhaayushverma
    5
    This is what America looks like. No where else you see stories like these.
  • Beware a wolf in sheeps clothing.

    Walmartpimp
    5
    Michael Keaton's beat movie yet. Normally I hate biobics, but this one takes the cake. If you want to know what it really takes to succeed in this dog-eat-dog world, you'll watch this movie. Spoiler alert: It's not hard work, and it's not intelligence.
  • 'The Founder' is an instant classic.

    madkins77
    5
    I was familiar with the story about the large Multi-Mixer order Ray Kroc received from a California restaurant owned by the McDonald brothers. I knew the basics, 'The Founder' fills in all the blanks and lays out the whole story. Michael Keaton is at his best.
  • Highly Watchable

    D'chill
    5
    Really enjoyed the overall arc and performances and the nice details regarding the how and why of the engineering success of the fast food template, and the business relationships. An engaging watch throughout. Sometimes I noticed the too maudlin music trying to tell me how to feel about a certain scene or event and wished the movie could simply let the inherent drama and detail do the work. But I loved watching the whole thing. Another great role from Keaton, too.
  • McGreat Movie!!!

    Bucko De Jucko
    5
    I really enjoyed watching this one and Michael Keaton once again is classic. Rent. Own. Either is a good choice. Deep fried Big Short. :)
  • Fascinating movie!

    FullHouseOfCards
    5
    Fascinating movie with superb acting by Michael Keaton as Ray Croc, Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald, and John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald.
  • Good Business Movie

    Pinkpearlz16
    5
    This is a (business) movie I can appreciate. It tells an unromanticized historical story of a well known company and its key players who made it what it is today.
  • Good story

    mikie
    4
    I would say the story behind McDonalds is very interesting but if I seen Ray K today I would tell him McDonalds food is disgusting...sacrificed quality for profit which is why less and less people are not eating their anymore
  • You can't help but want to hate the main character!

    ordizzle
    5
    This movie was better than I expected, and although I'm sure there were some artistic liberties taken in the script and plot, I feel like I learned something about how McDonald's came to be. Michael Keaton played the role of the main character, Ray Kroc, very well. The acting and story kinda make you want to hate Kroc for the ways he screwed over the McDonald brothers (one of which was played by Nick Offerman, who I once again didn't recognize until after reading up on the movie he was in until after watching it). But the acting and story also makes you realize the foresight, genius, and luck that Ray Kroc had in bringing McDonald's to every city in America. Meanwhile, the creativity, genius, and stubborness of the McDonald brothers highlights why there are such fine lines between success, mediocrity, and failure in business. If you've ever worked at a McDonald's or eaten a McDonald's burger, you'll enjoy this movie. If you like a great American success story, you'll enjoy it as well, even if you might come away hating the main character after the movie more than you did before watching it. Highly recommended, and very enjoyable movie.
  • Great Movie...Crappy Company

    Hanna 225
    5
    There's nothing more upbeat than the story of a 52 year old going from hardworking milkshake machine salesman to corporate mogul, right? Not exactly the case. While the movie is well done and the cast is exceptional, the story is sad. Ray Kroc was hardworking, motivated and a jerk. I never knew the whole story of what he did to the original founders of McDonalds. While Kroc did champion great careers for a few loyal employees, his unscrupulous business practices are still the cornerstone of strategy and poor culture at McDonalds.

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