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
14,044 Views
Anyone who says that money is the root to all evil, doesn't have it.
Motion creates Emotion!
Where would you turn? How far would you go? How hard will you fall?
There's no such thing as making too much money or taking too many risks.
Welcome to the New American Dream.

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.

Jim Young:
Okay, here's the deal. I'm not here to waste your time. Okay? And I certainly hope you're not here to waste mine. So I'm gonna keep this short. If you become an employee of this firm, you will make your first million within three years. Okay? I'm gonna repeat that. You will make a million dollars within three years of your first day of employment at J.T. Marlin. There is no question as to whether or not you'll become a millionaire working here. The only question is how many times over. You think I'm joking? I am not joking. I am a millionaire. It's a weird thing to hear, right? I'll tell ya. It's a weird thing to say. I am a f***ing millionaire. And guess how old I am. Twenty-seven. You know what that makes me here? A f***in' senior citizen. This firm is entirely comprised of people your age, not mine. Lucky for me, I happen to be very f***ing good at my job, or I'd be out of one. You guys are the new blood. You're gonna go home with the kessef. You are the future big swinging d*cks of this firm. Now, you all look money hungry, and that's good. Anybody tells you money is the root of all evil doesn't f***in' have any. They say money can't buy happiness? Look at the f***in' smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. You want details? Fine. I drive a Ferrari 355 Cabriolet. What's up? I have a ridiculous house in the South Fork. I have every toy you could possibly imagine. And best of all, kids, I am liquid. So, now that you know what's possible. Let me tell you what's required. You are required to work your f***ing ass off at this firm. We want winners here, not pikers. A piker walks at the bell. A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time? People come and work at this firm for one reason: to become filthy rich. That's it. We're not here to make friends. We're not savin' the f***in' manatees here, guys. You want vacation time? Go teach third grade, public school. The first three months at the firm are as a trainee. You make $150 a week. After you're done training, you take the Series Seven. You pass that, you become a junior broker and you're opening accounts for your team leader. You open 40 accounts, you start workin' for yourself. Sky's the limit. Word or two about being a trainee. Friends, parents, other brokers, whoever, they're gonna give you sh*t about it. It's true. $150 a week? Not a lot of money. Pay them no mind. You need to learn this business, and this is the time to do it. Once you pass the test, none of that's gonna matter. Your friends are sh*t. You tell them you made 25 grand last month, they're not gonna f***in' believe you. F*** them! F*** 'em! Parents don't like the life you lead? 'F*** you, Mom and Dad.' See how it feels when you're makin' their f***in' Lexus payments. Now, go home and think about it. Think about whether or not this is really for you. If you decide it isn't, listen, it's nothing to be embarrassed about. It's not for everyone. Thanks. But if you really want this, you call me on Monday and we'll talk. Just don't waste my f***in' time. Okay, that's it.

Jim Young:
Goddammit, you f***in' guys. I'm gonna keep this short, okay? You passed your sevens over a month ago. Seth's the only one that's opened the necessary forty accounts for his team leader. When I was a junior broker I did it in 26 days. Okay? You're not sendin' out press packets anymore. None of this Debbie the Time Life operator bullshit. So get on the phones, it's time to get to work. Get off your ass! Move around. Motion creates emotion. I remember one time I had this guy call me up, wanted to pitch me, right? Wanted to sell me stock. So I let him. I got every f***in rebuttal outta this guy, kept him on the phone for an hour and a half. Towards the end I started askin him buying questions, like what's the firm minimum? That's a buying question, right there that guys gotta take me down. It's not like I asked him, what's your 800 number, that's fuckoff question. I was givin him a run and he blew it. Okay? To a question like what is the firm minimum, the answer is zero. You don't like the idea, don't pick up a single share. But this putz is tellin me you know, uhh, 100 shares? Wrong answer! No! You have to be closing all the time. And be aggressive, learn how to push! Talk to 'em. Ask 'em questions... ask 'em rhetorical questions, it doesn't matter, anything, just get a yes out of 'em. If you're drowning and I throw you a life jacket would you grab it? Yes! Good. Pick up 200 shares I won't let you down. Ask them how they'd like to see thirty, forty percent returns. What are they gonna say, no? F*** you? I don't wanna see those returns. Stop laughing, it's not funny. If you can't learn how to close, you better start thinkin about another career. And I am deadly serious about that. Dead f***in serious. And have your rebuttals ready, guy says call me tommorrow? Bullshit! Somebody tells you th-they money problems about buyin 200 shares is lying to you. You know what I say to that? I say, hey look, man, tell me you don't like my firm, tell me you don't like my idea, tell me you don't like my f***in neck tie, but don't tell me you can't put together 2,500 bucks. And there is no such thing as a no-sell call. A sell is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock, or he sells you on a reason he can't. Either way, a sell is made. The only question is: who's gonna close? You or him?! Now be relentless. That's it, I'm done.


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