Boiler Room

By | June 22, 2005

I saw the movie, Boiler Room last night and I thought the story was really good. It talks about a kid (Giovanni Ribisi) who dropped out of college looking to earn some big bucks and falls into a get-rich-quick-scheme. He was running a casino in his house but he decided to go for a real career. He was invited to a firm where they will train him to be a stockbroker. The kid was too smart for the job and finds out something he wasn’t supposed to. It turns out to be a scam. The irony is that the casino business he ran was more legitimate than the stockbroker job he worked at. He had four employees on the payroll, customers looking forward for his business, and great profits.

I thought it was a great movie, except the ending is a little weak. I think everyone on these financial blogs and readers should see the movie, especially the people who want to make a million dollars quickly.

6/23/05: Looks like Neville and Jim already saw this movie (not surprised). Read comments.

7 thoughts on “Boiler Room

  1. Neville

    My favorite quote from the movie: “Everyone here drives a fancy car and has a million dollar house, but they all have credit so bad they can’t even finance a Hyundai”

    (or something like that)

  2. jim

    My favorite is this one:
    “Notorious B.I.G. said it best: Either your slinging crack rock, or you got a wicked jump shot.’ Nobody wants to work for it anybore. There’s no honor in taking the after school job at Mickey D’s. Honor’s in the dollar, kid. So I went the white boy way of slinging crack rock. I became a stock broker.”

  3. Smarty

    My favorite part is at the end of the movie when he said that he had four employees on the payroll, had customers wanting his service and he was giving them what they want, making money during his spare time — it was a well-organized (though non-legit) business. It is the whole irony that he was happy with the casino business and he was giving people what they want whereas in the stockbroker job he felt he was pushing service nobody asked for — he felt he was robbing people’s money.

  4. Smarty

    Hey Nev, thought you might like this quote:

    Jim (Ben Affleck): “Anybody who says money is the root of all evil, doesn’t have it! Money can’t buy happiness? Look at the f**king smile on my face. Ear to ear, baby. You wanna hear details? I drive a Ferrari 355 cabriolet. I have a ridiculous house on the South Fork. I’ve got every toy you can imagine. And best of all, kids, I am liquid.”

  5. Flexo

    I enjoyed the movie as well. Check the DVD release for an alternate ending, you might like it better.

  6. Smarty


    I saw the DVD alternate ending. I didn’t like it because Harry didn’t get his money back and it looked like Harry was either going to kill Seth, someone in JT Marlin, or himself. In the original ending, it seems like Seth does a good deed at the end when he is gettin Harry’s money back. At any rate, I thought the last quarter of the movie could be much better.


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