A college dropout gets a job as a broker for a suburban investment firm, which puts him on the fast track to success, but the job might not be as legitimate as it sounds.
Giovanni Ribisi portrays a young stockbroker in training at a fly-by-night company called J. T. Marlin. Like Oliver Stone's "Wall Street," "Boiler Room" tells the story of an ambitious young man's rise, fall and redemption. And like Charlie Sheen's Bud Fox, Mr. Ribisi's Seth carries some heavy Oedipal baggage — a troubled relationship with his demanding, disapproving father — onto the trading floor. But at its best, which is awfully good, "Boiler Room" avoids the thumping moralism that has made Mr. Stone the least misunderstood director in Hollywood. It's less about selling your soul than about feeling your oats. — A. O. Scott
2000-02-18 | A. O. Scott | Read the New York Times Review of Boiler Room