A college dropout, attempting to live up to his father's high standards, 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 first appeared to be.
Seth Davis is a college dropout running an illegal casino from his rented apartment. Driven by his domineering father's 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 Jim (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 newfound career. As he begins to excel and develop a love for the hard sale and high commission, a few chance encounters lead Seth to question the legitimacy of the firm's operations - placing him once again at odds with his father and what remains of his morality. With homages to Wall...Written by
If Jeff hired additional help to keep the casino running full time, Seth would have already known about it because the casino is in his apartment, he still has to go in and out when the casino was open. See more »
[Over the phone]
What do you mean, you're gonna pass. Alan, the only people making money passing are NFL quarterbacks and I don't see a number on your back.
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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 »
DVD features deleted scenes not included in original theatrical version:
After the toast at the hotel, you see the guys in the hotel room with the prostitutes and guys outside the room cheering and hollering.
When Seth, Chris, and the guys go out to celebrate Seth passing the series 7, there is several minutes worth of footage of the guys just driving around and then going into the restaurant where Richie offends the Hostess .
A scene with some of Seth's customers talking in school.
An alternate ending showing Seth leaving the building and passing Harry who is carrying a gun on his way into the office.
The story was accurate with it's depiction of greedy Wall Street types, and their destruction of people's lives. Enron's greed, ruthlessness, and arrogance comes to mind. The look and feel of the film are for the most part believable. Good art direction!
When the movie depicted these Bridge and Tunnel grifters wanting to fit into the Manhattan scene it was dead on. "The Boys" were telling gays in a restaurant that they should be put on some island not figuring when they said this that they were on one! This was hilarious.
However I found the film implausible for two reasons. Reason number one: On Wall Street, greed is genderless. Women are fair game for plunder as well. Using the sexist excuse that women just aren't worth the trouble just doesn't wash.
Reason number two: That a savvy New York City judge would make the type of phone call he made to his son at the sham brokerage firm in which he works at. He promises to exercise his power and influence to help get his kid out of hot water. Your average Joe knows about phone tapping. I found this phone call about as believable as Judge Judy making such a phone call.
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