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Boiler Room

movie reviewmovie reviewmovie review out of 4 Movie Review: Boiler Room

Starring: Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck
Director: Ben Younger
Rated: R
RunTime: 120 Minutes
Release Date: February 2000
Genre: Drama

*Also starring: Brad Rowe, Emily Procter, Ron Livingston, Amanda Peet, Sean Patrick Flanery

Review by KeelyJ
3½ stars out of 4

Put it on the back burner and simmer because this film, directed by Ben Younger is cooking!!!

From the get go the watcher is brought into the life of Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi, Saving Private Ryan), "I didn't want to be an innovator, I just wanted in." Seth runs a backdoor casino, where his main patrons are college kids from the neighborhood. Eventually, his father, Judge Marty Davis (Ron Rifkin, La Confidential) finds out, let's just say he's not too thrilled about the whole idea. On the contrary, Seth is proud of what he has accomplished and thinks his pops should at least appreciate the skills he has to make a business run smoothly.

A knock on the door changes his life. An old friend, introduces Seth to Gregg (Nicky Katt, The Limey) a clean cut investment banker from JT Marlin. JT Marlin turns out to be a telemarketing 'chop shop' that sells people stocks for companies that don't really exist. The place is full of brutes in suits that talk people into investing their life savings and their kids school tuitions' into these lousy stocks. A Friday, boy's night out, is spent watching Oliver Stone's "Wall Street" which most of the guys knew verbatim.

Always craving and needing approval, Seth becomes a broker in training hoping to impress his dad. Seth is a combination of cute puppy dog and sexy lips and bedroom eyes, when he wants to use'em. He and Abby had great chemistry in the cozy get-to-know you scenes.

Abby (Nia Long, Soulfood), the receptionist, has a killer smile and a swicthblade tongue with lines such as "Honey you were never hittin' it", in reply to one of Gregg's remarks. The girl can take care of herself in this office full of testosterone. Chris (Vin Diesel, Pitch Black), plays the broker with a heart, always covering Seth's back in tight spots with Gregg, who starts to get jealous of Seth's smooth deliveries with potential 'victims' and with Abby,an old flame. Jim Young (Ben Affleck, Reindeer Games) who gives the pep talk or was it an orientation speech, came off as a bad impersonation of Alec Baldwin's character in "Glengarry Glen Ross"; he wasn't too convincing (Ben's getting a little puffy under the chin there).

I thought the film would've been all slick, sleek and slick again if they hadn't shown how their 'chop shop' scheme was destroying people's lives. Harry Raynard (Taylor Nichols, fantastic performance) gets lured into their sticky web.

The combination of hip hop music (Notorious B. I. G., De La Sol and others), dramatic lighting, excellent camera angles and exaggerated antics, such as talking on the phone while under the desk made the film exciting to watch. It really got my adrenaline going. I found myself thinking about the "Boiler Room" long after it ended (took a while to calm down.

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