Greed is very, very bad

Boiler Room serves up the sons of Gordon Gekko

Is Boiler Room derivative? Yeah, a little bit. The guys we meet here are the Sons of Gekko, and with a few more years of disappointments on them, they would feel right at home in David Mamet's tattered real-estate office. Is the movie already dated? Oddly, it is. The SEC says it's redoubling its efforts to shut down sleazy brokerages, but online stock trading -- every investor his or her own broker -- has probably taken a bigger bite out of such operations. Not only that, even old Uncle Herb in Des Moines has learned the ropes: After four or five years playing the markets, he can compute a price-to-earnings ratio and properly read a prospectus.

"Coffee is for closers. You close, or you hit the bricks." Wait...wrong movie. Sorry.
"Coffee is for closers. You close, or you hit the bricks." Wait...wrong movie. Sorry.


Release Date:
February 18
Written and directed by Ben Younger

Starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Nicky Katt, and Ben Affleck

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Despite its faults, Boiler Room deserves a careful viewing. As the expression of a certain moment in American social history -- drenched in envy, devoid of moral stricture, driven by youthful arrogance -- this pitch-perfect, richly detailed portrait of raw greed works very well, thank you.

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