By Marc Bernardin
Updated July 14, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

In Boiler Room, a cinematic equivalent of the Beastie Boys — complete with bomb-the-bass soundtrack and freewheeling use of the word nigga — Giovanni 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. B

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