Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) is a 19-year-old college dropout who strives for approval from his father (Ron Rifkin), a judge who is horrified that his son operates a 24-hour illicit casino. When an old friend visits the casino with a fellow broker, Davis is impressed by their wads of money and yellow Ferrari, and decides to join the firm. In no time he's making sales and settling into the groove of the office and all the after-hours perks, but the dream fades when Davis discovers the scam that is making all of the brokers wealthy beyond their dreams.
Produced by: Ben Younger
Studio: New Line Home Entertainment
Stars: Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Jamie Kennedy, Ben Affleck
Best Trading Film
Wall Street for the internet era.
Its energetic, fast-paced, with dialogue of the quality found in Glen Gary Glen Ross (very good). Unlike Wall Street which was a masterpiece from a top director with two major stars at the time, Boiler Room takes relatively unknown actors , and makes them into stars. Giovanni Ribisi (better known as Phoebe's weird brother in Friends) is perfect as the lead, while Vin Diesel actually puts in a star performace. Even Ben Affleck has a show stealing scene that is worth watching over and over.
Boiler Room pays homage to the films in its genre (ie it borrows heavily) but it pulls it off and then some.
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