Cast: Giovanni Ribisi, Nia Long, Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Ron Rifkin
Directed by Ben Younger
The plot really isn't anything fresh, and in some ways parallels THE FIRM for it's feel on the seduction of money and power. Here we have a young man named Seth who feels he is letting down his Judge father when he drops out of college and later starts his own illegal casino in his apartment. when his father catches word of this, Seth gets a stern lecture and when a couple of guys from a nearby brokerage make him an offer to join them, Seth sees this as a way to finally get a legitimate job and put a smile on dear old dad's face. The brokerage promises untold millions to those who play their cards right and become senior partners, but you know what they say about things that sound too good to be true.
In addition to Younger's skills, BOILER ROOM sports
a good set of young actors, especially Ribisi in the starring role of Seth.
Probably the best performance and most crucial performance in the film,
however comes from the veteran actor Ron Rifkin as the film's moral center
of the judge and father. Younger draws many allusions between the
chop-shop brokerage being the "gangster" life for affluent whites, and
interestingly uses hip hop for the entire soundtrack (and a great hip hop
soundtrack it is). Wtih it's terrific showcase of unheard of talent
and unique ideas on the state of business and corruption, BOILER ROOM is
one of the better films of 2000. I feel sorry for the next telemarketer
to call the house of anyone who watches this film.
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