War Dogs is the type of movie audiences get after years and years worth of film students study the work of Martin Scorsese. Although I could point to a numerous amount of other directors that have stolen from the master (David O. Russell always comes to mind), there is a difference between homage, use of similar techniques, and straight up being a copycat. In director Todd Phillips (Old School, The Hangover trilogy) case, his newest film- War Dogs, feels like an attempt to smashThe Wolf of Wall Street into Goodfellas and pass it off as his own. Although this is a strong story, it’s the wasted potential that lingers longer than what the final product reveals. It’s all squandered away, failing to be funny or tell an exciting story.