2017 (PG-13) 115 min. USA
Director: John Lee Hancock
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Laura Dern
A Discussion Session Will Follow The Film.
The Founder features the true story of how Ray Kroc, 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. The film details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness. Michael Keaton’s performance as Ray Kroc is one for the ages. This unbelievable true story sizzles with energy in demonstrating how one idea changed everything.
“****Whip smart and funny. The best movie of the year.” – Richard Roeper, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“Michael Keaton bites into one of his meatiest roles.” – Ty Burr, BOSTON GLOBE
“The quality-drama version of fast food.” – Leslie Felperin, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“One of the must-see entertainments of the year.” – Rex Reed, NEW YORK OBSERVER