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At Theaters: 2/18/2000 On Video: 7/11/2000
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 9 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 149904
Studio: New Line Cinema
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Welcome to the infamous "boiler room" - where twentysomething millionaires are made overnight. Here, in the inner sanctum of a fly-by-night brokerage firm, hyper-aggressive young stockjocks peddle to unsuspecting buyers over the phone - and are rewarded with mansions, Ferraris and more luxury toys than they know what to do with.
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Drama - The youthful cast is certain to attract teens and young adults, but it is older audiences that will perhaps have the greatest appreciation for this smart, fast-paced, and sometimes funny dramaa.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Giovanni Ribisi THE MOD SQUAD, THE OTHER SISTER
Vin Diesel IRON GIANT
Nia Long THE BEST MAN, STIGMATA, IN TOO DEEP, SOUL FOOD
Tom Everett Scott THE LOVE LETTER
Ben Affleck DOGMA, FORCES OF NATURE, 200 CIGARETTES, ARMAGEDDO
Wri/Dir: Ben Younger L & M
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About The Production
Casting The Boiler Boys
Production Design
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PROFANITY: Frequent use of strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: One violent beating.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine use.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Some verbal humor.
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The title Boiler Room is not meant to be taken literally, of course, but this smart tale of greed in the stock trade indeed reaches a figurative boil. First-time writer-director Ben Younger sets his film off like a rocket, propelled by his and his eager cast's energy and skill. It's unfortunate that the boiling point is reached prematurely, but while the film's forceful momentum wanes, it never completely fades away.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 142 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
24
Fairly High
88%
13-19Teens (F)
17
Fairly High
71%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
28
Fairly High
79%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
25
About 50/50
80%
30+Adults (M)
28
About 50/50
71%
30+Adults (F)
20
Fairly High
85%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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Welcome to the infamous "boiler room" - where twentysomething millionaires are made overnight. Here, in the inner sanctum of a fly-by-night brokerage firm, hyper-aggressive young stockjocks peddle to unsuspecting buyers over the phone - and are rewarded with mansions, Ferraris and more luxury toys than they know what to do with. In this unassuming Long Island enclave, Gen Xers chase the green at breakneck speeds, sometimes one step ahead of the law.

19 year-old college drop-out Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) has just joined the inner circle of the boiler room boys - fired-up young men who get off on the adrenaline rush, the silver-tongued lingo, the ego boost of finagling hard sales for outrageous commissions. Seth wants to earn just two things in life: a million dollars and his perpetually disappointed father´s respect. After failing to do either one by running an illicit casino out of his Queens apartment, Seth has decided to go legit by joining the only brokerage firm that promises him a fast road to the top.

At first the boiler room seems the perfect way to ride the monster economic wave of the '90s to riches, success and parental approval. Seth sports a suit and tie, works extreme hours and passes the stockbroker exams with record scores. He´s fast on his feet, has a sharp cold-calling style and it seems as if his bank account - and his worth as a good son - are about to rise.

Soon Seth is hanging out with his boiler room buddies including Chris (Vin Diesel), a millionaire broker whose mouth is as fast as his money, and Greg (Nicky Katt), Seth´s arrogant and envious mentor. He even begins to date the firm´s receptionist, Debbie (Nia Long). And like everyone there, he feeds on the greed and fear of unsuspecting investors, selling them stocks they never wanted.

But as Seth watches his colleagues get richer and his customers get poorer, he begins to wonder just what makes the money go round at the Boiler Room. His insatiable curiosity leads to a series of fatal choices and a Federal investigation that brings him to the brink of losing everything - not just his friends, his job and the millions promised him, but his father. The longer Seth stays in the boiler room, the more things begin to heat up.

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