Cinema: It's All in the Selling

Let's not call Boiler Room hot. Let's just say it's prickly, ethical and anything but boilerplate

Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi) makes money the old-fashioned way: he has turned his college-dropout pad into a mini-casino, where he deals blackjack. It's a nice living, but not a lifestyle that offers much in the way of parental bragging rights. This is a matter of some moment to Seth's sour father (Ron Rifkin), a federal judge who has sentenced his son to life in the doghouse for his slacker ways.

What Seth needs in a hurry--that is, before he turns 30--is a Ferrari, a closetful of Armanis, a couple of mil--and, oh yes, respectability. That's where J.T. Marlin, the brokerage firm,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!