Dennis lives with his mother (Laura Dern) and his pre-teen son (Noah Lomax) in the house in which he grew up. From his work ethic to his capable single parenthood, Dennis is obviously a stand-up guy; when he and his family are the next to be evicted from their house, his absolute panic and his anger do not overwhelm his civility.
In my opinion, this is a better film than The Big Short, which shares similar subject matter. While The Big Short received a lot of award season buzz and nominations, 99 Homes got barely any (except for a Golden Globe nomination for Michael Shannon for Best Supporting Actor.) Shannon is undoubtedly great in his role and so is Andrew Garfield. It is a standout performance for him as he is really able to shine unlike anything else he has previously done and hold his own against this acting giant.
“Don’t be soft. Do you think America give a flying rats ass about you or me? America doesn’t bail out the losers. America was built by bailing out winners. By rigging a nation of the winners, for the winners, by the winners.”