Boiler Room

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New Line Cinema Released 2000

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Director:
Ben Younger
Released:
2000
Rating:
R
Boiler Room is a 2000 drama written and directed by Ben Younger and starring Giovanni Ribisi, Vin Diesel, Ben Affleck, and Nia Long in a story about an enterprising college dropout in New York City who makes a career switch from running an illegal underground casino to working for a major brokerage firm, only to discover his new, on-the-level career is just as criminal as his old job. Ribisi plays Seth Davis, a nineteen-year-old who makes a living by running a casino in his apartment in Queens. One day, a representative from a local brokerage firm called J.T. Marlin comes to check out Seth's business and, liking what he sees, offers the young entrepreneur a job as a broker. Hoping to gain favor with his disapproving father, Seth takes the job, hoping to make a legitimate fortune for himself. However, as Seth rises through the ranks of the brokerage, he begins to realize this white collar world may be as criminal-minded as his underground casino. Boiler Room is a tense and exciting film, featuring supporting actors Nicky Katt, Scott Caan, and Jamie Kennedy.moreless

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Reflects the sensibility of the generation it holds up to critical scrutiny, and it's a cunningly ambiguous act of self-portraiture.

  • 60

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Begins extremely well as a saga of greed and conspicuous consumption, but gradually loses its bite.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    Tries to make larger points, but it trips over itself just trying to make the small ones.

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    Crime, Thrillers