Boiler Room

Boiler Room

The intense soundtrack of Boiler Room is a fitting underscore for this movie, which pulses with the vigor of young, rich, amoral men wreaking havoc. This is not the antisocietal havoc of Fight Club, but the more deliberate mayhem that comes from greed run amok. The testosterone-junkie brokers of J.T. 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

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  1 win & 9 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.0
Metacritic:
63
Rotten Tomatoes:
67%
R
Year:
2000
120
Website
10,371 Views

Seth Davis:
[Phone rings] Hello?

Ron from the Daily News:
Hi, Mr. Dahvis, this is Ron from the Daily News. How you doin' this morning?

Seth Davis:
It's Davis, and I'm not interested.

Ron:
Okay, I'm sorry to have bothered you. Have a nice day.

Seth Davis:
Wait a minute. Wait, that's your pitch? You consider that a sales call?

Ron:
Well, um...

Seth Davis:
You know, I get a call from you guys every Saturday and it's always the same half-assed attempt. If you guys wanna close me, you should sell me.

Ron:
All right.

Seth Davis:
All right. Start again.

Ron:
Okay. Hi, this is Ron from the Daily News. How you doin' this morning?

Seth Davis:
Shitty. What do you want?

Ron:
It's not what I want, sir. It's what you want.

Seth Davis:
Ron, now we're talkin'. All right. What are you selling me?

Ron:
I'm offering you a subscription to the Daily News at a substantially reduced price. We're trying to reach out to people that have never had home delivery before.

Seth Davis:
Right, so, basically, everybody who already has a subscription is getting f***ed on this one?

Ron:
Yeah, I guess so.

Seth Davis:
All right, well, I can handle that. So, tell me, why should I buy your paper? I mean, you know, why... Why shouldn't I get the Times or the Voice, you know?

Ron:
Well, the Village Voice is free, sir, so if you want it, you should certainly pick it up. But the Daily News offers you something no other paper can: a real taste of New York. We have the best features, more photographs than any other daily in New York and we have the most reliable delivery in the city. Now what do you think?

Seth Davis:
You know what I think, Ron? I think that was a sales call. Good job, buddy.

Ron:
So you gonna buy a subscription?

Seth Davis:
No, I already get the Times.

Chris Varick:
[Meeting secretly in the stairway] What's this about? You ok?

Seth Davis:
I need you to sign a sell ticket for a client of mine.

Chris Varick:
F*** Greg, let's go deal with it and talk to Michael.

Seth Davis:
Wait a minute Chris, I got arrested last night.

Chris Varick:
What?

Seth Davis:
The FBI arrested me.

Chris Varick:
The FBI? Why the f*** would the FBI arrest you?

Seth Davis:
Because of my involvement in this firm.

Chris Varick:
Your involvement in the firm? What the f*** does that mean?

Seth Davis:
Come on Chris you know what that means.

Chris Varick:
No, I don't know what that means, what the f*** did you tell them?

Seth Davis:
They knew everything, man. They had photographs and tape recorded conversations. They brought my father in. There was nothing I could do.

Chris Varick:
[Yelling] What did you do?

Seth Davis:
Chris, the FBI is going to raid this place in twenty minutes!

Chris Varick:
What the f*** are you talking about? F*** Seth!

Seth Davis:
Come on man, I asked you for months about sh*t going on here and you told me to shut the f*** up and get ready to be a millionaire.

Chris Varick:
That's right "shut the f*** up", didn't you learn anything?

Seth Davis:
I learned how to f*** people out their money. My client, Harry Reynard, just lost his life savings. And he wasn't a whale, he was just a poor schmuck and I took him. I did everything J.T Marlin taught me to do and I made up his mind for him.

Chris Varick:
What do you want me to tell you? That's what we do here.

Seth Davis:
We lie, we're liars.

Chris Varick:
Who they coming for?

Seth Davis:
They're coming for everybody, everything.


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