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'Now, I don't even look at my customers, and I pushed them something they never even asked for'.
on 2 October 2006
Boiler Room follows in the tradition of Wall Street and Glengarry Glenross (both mentioned in the film). It tells of the pitfalls and perils of the cruel, cold world of hard sales. Having worked in that industry, I can relate to so much of it.
I first watched it while working in one of those sales jobs with my work mates and we laughed at the similiarities between J.T. Marlin and our own company (NOT the illegal parts). The self-centred, unbearably conceited sales reps and the testosterone charged relationships between them were all too familiar.
The film tells the story of Seth (Ribisi), a young, college dropout who runs a small casino in his living room. Desperate to win the respect of his father and believing that 'honour's in the dollar' he takes a job at a stock broking firm - J.T. Marlin. Working his way up the ranks he learns the art of the hard sell but soon begins to see that everything is not as clean and legal as it first seemed. Before he knows it, he is sucked into a world he hates and he is ruining lives.
The acting is first class. Giovanni Ribisi is easy to sympathise with and Ben Affleck gives the best performance of his career and in general, the rest of the cast are excellent. The script and story are very engrossing and make an excellent film for all.
The DVD is also very good. Although the commentary is AWFUL and best avoided, it does include the trailer and four deleted scenes, two of which were clearly cut for a reason and the other two are great, especially the alternate ending, which I feel works better than the one in the film - much darker.
For me, having worked (past tense, thank God!) in hard sales, I love the film on a personal level. Many phrases like 'ABC' and 'act is if' were my mantras for too long and the work all hours, your-job-is-your-life, think your better than everyone else in the whole world is disturbing to watch now. It is a strong enough film for any movie-lover, but if you love it for the same reasons as me then Juice!