The intense soundtrack of Boiler Room
is a fitting underscore for this movie, which pulses with the vigour of young, rich, amoral men wreaking havoc. This is not the anti-societal havoc of Fight Club
, but the more deliberate mayhem that comes from greed run amok. The testosterone-junkie brokers of JT Marlin (the only female in the office is Abby, the receptionist and love interest, played by Nia Long) are out to make the sale, and whether that sale is legal or ethical doesn't matter.
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.
Borrowing heavily from Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, Boiler Room is at its best when dealing with matters of money, and powerful scenes of Davis learning to be a "closer" showcase the significant talent of Ribisi, Nicky Katt, and Vin Diesel. The movie flounders when developing the relationship between Davis and his father, becoming sentimental and trite. However, as a fable of modern society and a nostalgic vehicle about the days of yuppies past, Boiler Room is right on the money. --Jenny Brown, Amazon.com --This text refers to another version of this video.
19-year-old New York college drop-out Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) has always been a disappointment to his father, Marty (Ron Rifkin), but seems to have at last earned a little grudging respect when he passes his broker's exams and becomes employed at J.T. Marlin. Inspired by the ambitious approach of his new colleagues in the 'boiler room', Seth sets out to make his first million, at the same time embarking on a romance with company secretary Abby (Nia Long). However, it isn't long before Seth realizes that he is in fact defrauding his new clients; the stock he is selling is worthless, and the whole J.T. Marlin operation is an illegal scam. Unable to talk to anyone, Seth's dilemma over whether to expose the operation and so lose his new-found friends and status is heightened when the FBI become involved...