Marc Bernardin
July 11, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Boiler Room

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
120 minutes
performer
Nicky Katt, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Affleck, Vin Diesel, Nia Long, Ron Rifkin
director
Ben Younger
distributor
New Line
author
Ben Younger
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

In Boiler Room — the cinematic equivalent of the Beastie Boys, complete with ”bomb the bass” soundtrack and freewheeling use of the word ”nigga” — Ribisi plays an ex-college boy who trades heavily on his mad stock skillz for a shady Long Island brokerage. What starts out as a fascinating peek into a white-boy ghetto dream of fast money is frustratingly sold short by a boring ”narking for the Feds” finale that’s right out of ”21 Jump Street.”

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