Boiler Room

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +2

Content: -4

College dropout Seth (Giovanni Ribisi) runs a neighborhood casino out of his living room, until he crosses paths with Greg (Nicky Katt). A young, confident, and rich stockbroker, Greg sees Seths potential and offers him the opportunity for a job. After some consideration, Seth decides to learn about being a stockbroker and responds well to training he receives at Gregs firm. But as he quickly finishes his training, Seth begins to see things that dont quite add up. Mysterious activities occur at the office overnight and his boss spends a lot of time in the abandoned building next door. Because his clients are losing money on stocks hes told to promote, things dont make sense to Seth. He begins to suspect that the firm might not be as upstanding as he thought. The film gets off to an intriguing enough start with good scenes involving Seths trainer Jim Young (Ben Affleck) and another stockbroker, Chris (Vin Diesel). However, it falls apart in the second half and ends up as a cheap imitation of better movies.

Seth has a deep desire for approval and a meaningful relationship with his father, exhibiting the importance he sees in family relationships. Because of his fathers disappointment with Seths failures, they struggle to even speak to one another. As Seth is introduced to the stockbrokers business, money motivates everything. The men he works with seem to have no cares in the world and feel their money can buy them anything. But love of money really is the root of evil in the story. The characters use all sorts of colorful phrases with their Wall Street jargon but also spew more than one f-word per minute. Along with 45 s-words and 11 regular profanities, this obscene amount of gutter vocabulary coupled with the young stockbrokers reckless attitudes should make most want to avoid the heat of the Boiler Room.

Preview Reviewer: John Adair
New Line Cinema, 888 7th Ave, 20th Floor, NY, NY 10106

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (25) times - Mild 7, Moderate 18

Obscene Language: Many (200) times - F-word 143, s-word 45, other 12

Profanity: Many (19) times Regular 11 (J 3, G 1, JC 2, GD 1, Csake 2, Gforbid 1, Swear to G 1); Exclamatory 8 (OG, OMG, MG)

Violence: Few times Moderate (men fighting, pushing, and punching)

Sex: Implied once (unmarried couple with no nudity)

Nudity: None; Near Nudity Once (quick glimpse of scantily clad women in magazine)

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Few times (reference to self-gratification, man makes sexual gesture, reference to sex)

Drugs: Many times (smoking, alcohol)

Other: Character uses ethnic slur once; success in life is based on money; man struggles to have relationship with his father

Running Time: 110 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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