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Boiler Room (2000)
Deserves To Be Considered On It's Own (Considerable) Merits
Despite the many comparisons to Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, I felt this film was superior to the slick and cold Oliver Stone effort, and at least the equal of the smart Mamet treatment. But this WAS a very different film that deserves to be considered on it's own merits, despite it's obvious heritage.
What we get in Boiler Room is an effectively told story about complex people and richly drawn relationships. Seemingly unsympathetic characters in the early going soon become very human, familiar and surprisingly sympathetic. The insight and detail of the world of the `chop shop' felt authentic and engaging. The dialog was punchy, funny and interesting when it needed to be (most notably Ben Affleck's cameos), with many thoughtful and tender moments to provide effective counterpoint (especially the scenes between Giovanni Ribisi as Seth and Ron Rifkin and Seth's father). Most certainly, this relationship and these scenes were the heart of the film, and ultimately make it the effective and moving one it is. If you don't buy this father/son relationship, you won't likely care for this film.