"What separates Jordan's story from others like it," DiCaprio has said, "Is the brutal honesty with which he [shares] the mistakes that he's made."
But, released at time when many are still scrambling from the wreckage of the financial crisis, the film has been criticised as a reckless endorsement of Belfort's decadent and deceptive life.
Yet it's through "reckless endorsement" that Scorsese has crafted such an engaging black comedy. A born leader, Belfort parades the swollen pride and arrogance of an empowered magnate.
At times you respect him – "She asked me for $5,000 upfront for her son's tuition," Belfort says of one employee, "And what did I do...?" She answers, "He gave me $25,000."
Other times you detest him – he divorces his good, respectable wife who disapproves his infidelity and financial debauchery, for blond prize Naomi LaPaglia (Australian actress, Margot Robbie).
Most of the time, you're challenged with scenarios that are so #swag, you forget to think, WTF??