19 year-old Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi), the son of a New York judge, has dropped out of college and runs an illegal casino in his apartment. When stockbroker Greg (Nicky Katt) visits the casino he is impressed by Seth's ambition and offers him a trainee position at his brokerage firm J.T. Marlin. After an enticing introduction by Jim (Ben Affleck), Seth joins up as a trainee. Fuelled by promises of becoming a millionaire within three years Seth blindly follows the cut-throat directives of the firm which is selling dubious stock to unsuspecting investors. After becoming involved romantically with company receptionist Abby (Nia Long) Seth faces a moral dilemma when his suspicions surrounding the company's illegal trading practices prove correct.
 

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There are some good performances, but not enough to save this dreary film.

If you think \"greed is good\" died with Gordon Gecko in Wall Street, think again...the ethos is still alive in Boiler Room. Greedy, ambitious Seth, Giovanni Ribisi, the son of a Judge, Ron Rifkin, who quite understandably disapproves of his son, drops out of college to start a gambling casino in his own apartment. After an encounter with Chris (Nicky Katt), one of his gambling customers, Seth becomes a trainee at a small stockbroking firm in suburban Long Island, attracted by the promise he`ll soon be a millionaire.

This overlong and frankly dull reworking of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross (both of which receive pointed mentions) sheds no new light on the reasons for the cult of greed. Its whiny hero is frankly unattractive, and the machinations of the shonky stockbroking firm quickly become tedious. A romance between Seth and the firm`s receptionist, Nia Long, only extends the running time, providing a bit of old fashioned jealousy between Seth and Chris. There are some good performances, among them Ben Affleck as the company`s employment chief, and Vin Diesel as Seth`s mentor; but they can`t save writer- director Ben Younger`s rather self-important film.

Margarets Comment:

This is only an OK tale about the lust for pleasing Daddy through making pots of money on the stock market. The attempt to infuse the screenplay with some depth is pretty perfunctory, and it `s an unsettling choice casting Giovanni Ribisi as the son of Ron Rifkin even though both perform credibly. It`s no wonder the film acknowledges it sources, Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, both of which feature male testosterone rampant but Boiler Room lacks the muscle and depth of both. I must admit to be a touch bored by stockbroking stories because they are dominated by the male strut but filmmaker Ben Younger, bringing a touch of music video direction to his alienating tale, manages to infuse the film with a reasonable degree of tension and style.