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.

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Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering fathers disapproval at his illegitimate existence and his desire for serious wealth, Seth suddenly finds himself seduced by the opportunity to interview as a trainee stock broker from recent acquaintance Greg (Nicky Katt). Walking into the offices of JT Marlin, a small time brokerage firm on the outskirts of New York - Seth gets an aggressive cameo performance from Jay (Ben Affleck) that sets the tone for a firm clearly placing money above all else. Seth's fractured relationship with his father and flirtatious glances from love interest Abbie (Nia Long) are enough to keep Seth motivated in his new found career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters leads Seth to question the legitimacy of the firms operations - placing him once again at odds with his father and what remains of his morality. With homages to Wall... Written by mikal

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Welcome to the New American Dream. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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18 February 2000 (USA)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,722,884 (USA) (18 February 2000)

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$16,938,179 (USA) (7 July 2000)
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Trivia

When Seth is visiting the office at night, he looks through a stack of contracts, which he notices all have the same names on them. One of the names is co-producer E. Bennett Walsh. See more »

Goofs

When Michael is talking to the room full of brokers to tell them about the party, his tie pin is alternately closed/open between shots. See more »

Quotes

Jim Young: [to the new recruits] There's an important phrase that we use here, and think it's time that you all learned it. Act as if. You understand what that means? Act as if you are the fucking President of this firm. Act as if you got a 9" cock. Okay? Act as if.
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Crazy Credits

At the start of the film, the New Line Cinema studio logo features the faces from various U.S. Dollar bills, and the studio fanfare music uses a hip-hop "scratch" sound effect. See more »

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Referenced in Don't Be an Asshole (2013) See more »

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Destiny Complete
Written by M. Ludlum and The Angel (as Angel C.)
Performed by The Angel featuring Mystic
Courtesy of Devilishly Good Productions
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A sale is always made...
25 March 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I remember when i had a short stint working for this telemarketing company, my boss used to always say "A sale is made on every call. Either you sell them what you are selling or they sell you an excuse." This is the message that this film hammers through: the lure of fast money and the power of persuation; you can destroy someone's life with one phonecall. Now unlike the characters in Boiler Room, im not trying to scam you out of your life savings- so stop reading these reviews and see the movie. You won't regret it. 8/10


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