To be sure, no one is saying that drug use has disappeared on Wall Street. But relative newcomers to finance also see little in common with the film's depiction of their industry.
One 29-year-old Wall Streeter who specializes in computer-driven trading said the closest he's encountered to such excess came when he was based in China.
About five years ago, a business associate flew from Australia to Hong Kong to meet him for dinner, said the trader, who declined to be identified because of his firm's policy against talking with the media. They later flew via helicopter to a private island for an expensive meal.
"It wasn't like all-night partying with drugs," said the trader, who went to the movie with a date and found it entertaining.
Christopher Mroz, who spent three years as an investment banker at JPMorgan but now is a day trader, found the movie amusing, a bit long and decidedly sensationalistic.
"A lot of people want to think Wall Street is like that," said Mroz, 32. "But I think in reality it's a lot of nerdy guys with calculators working all night."
Many said they wouldn't be surprised if the lawless, rip-off-investors-to-get-rich atmosphere in the movie further inflamed public ire against the financial industry.
"The Wolf of Wall Street" comes as the sector finds itself embattled.
The FBI and federal prosecutors in Manhattan have been aggressively taking down Wall Streeters who cheat by trading on inside information unavailable to the general public.
And five years after the financial crisis, Wall Street is still weathering assaults by regulators and prosecutors seeking payback for the housing collapse and Great Recession.
"Throw gasoline on the fire — that's how you build ticket sales," Weisberg said. "It's genius. It was very clever. I don't begrudge them that, I applaud the timing."
There are of course many on Wall Street who have yet to see the movie — and some who have no interest.
Timothy Connolly, who runs the hedge fund Sconset Capital Management, said he wasn't comfortable with seeing a movie that seems to glorify criminals.
"I make a living not being the way they were," Connolly said. "They make it harder for us to make an honest living on Wall Street."
Veteran trader Art Cashin, a managing director at UBS, hasn't seen the movie either. He scoffed at the likes of Belfort and others depicted in the movie, dismissing them as "low lifes."
"There's no rush" to see the film, said Cashin as he nursed a glass of Scotch at a bar across from the New York Stock Exchange one recent evening.
Besides, he added: "Three hours goes far beyond Wall Street's attention span."