History Film / BoilerRoom

3rd Mar '16 8:00:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Early in the film, Seth and the gang watch a scene from ''WallStreet'', complete with Chris and Michael acting out the parts.
** Later, Greg specifically references ''GlengarryGlenRoss'' when training Seth. Ben Affleck's introductory rant to the new trainees is also an obvious send-up to Alec Baldwin's OneSceneWonder in that film as a foul-mouthed real estate salesman.

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** Early in the film, Seth and the gang watch a scene from ''WallStreet'', ''Film/WallStreet'', complete with Chris and Michael acting out the parts.
** Later, Greg specifically references ''GlengarryGlenRoss'' ''Film/GlengarryGlenRoss'' when training Seth. Ben Affleck's introductory rant to the new trainees is also an obvious send-up to Alec Baldwin's OneSceneWonder in that film as a foul-mouthed real estate salesman.
19th Aug '14 5:23:55 AM TrustBen
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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women as they will constantly complain to and annoy the brokers over the stock's performance. WordOfGod (via the DVD commentary) states it's also because men are inherently bigger gamblers then women.

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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women as they will constantly complain to and annoy the brokers over the stock's performance. WordOfGod (via the DVD commentary) states it's also because men are inherently bigger gamblers then than women.
16th Jul '14 7:50:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* MisaimedFandom: InUniverse. There's a scene where the company guys are having a party and watching Gordon Gekko's introduction from ''Film/WallStreet'', being such big fans that they start quoting the entire thing verbatim. Gekko is in fact a very corrupt stockbroker who would throw thousands of people on the street for profit and ultimately goes to jail for committing legal fraud. This might be [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since the Boiler Room guys are knowingly scam artists themselves who project an honest image to the outside world.
21st Mar '14 10:52:35 PM gallium
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This film was loosely inspired by the real-life criminality at the Stratton Oakmont brokerage firm, which later inspired the less fictionalized Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio film ''Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet''.



* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Michael]]

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Michael]]Michael, who's quite affable while running a criminal brokerage firm.



* BlandNameProduct: Averted. Seth goes to work for J.T. Marlin (seemingly a stand-in for J.P. Morgan), but later in the film, actually encounters some of Morgan's brokers.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Seth manages to get out from under criminal prosecution by cooperating with the Feds, but the movie ends just as Federal agents storm J.T. Marlin after Seth walks out, leaving it ambiguous exactly what happened to Chris and the rest of the company, or if any of them got away.]]

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* BlandNameProduct: Averted. Seth goes to work for CaptainErsatz: In-universe, J.T. Marlin (seemingly has a stand-in for similiar-sounding name to the much bigger and more reputable J.P. Morgan), but later in the film, actually encounters Morgan. Lampshaded when some of Morgan's brokers.
* BolivianArmyEnding: [[spoiler:Seth manages to get out from under criminal prosecution by cooperating
J.P. Morgan brokers have a confrontation with the Feds, but the movie ends just as Federal agents storm J.T. Marlin after Seth walks out, leaving it ambiguous exactly what happened to Chris and the rest his coworkers.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: All
of the company, or if any of them got away.]]them.



* JerkAss: Greg.

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* JerkAss: Greg.Greg, who is a prick to everyone who works for him but especially to Seth who is dating his old girlfriend Abby.


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* VanityLicensePlate: Greg the douchebag has a license plate that says "2 RIP", referring to the high commissions that the Marlin brokers are getting on their lousy stock deals.
29th Aug '13 8:43:51 PM RaiderDuck
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: [[spoiler: At the end of the film, Seth browbeats Chris into signing a sell order for Harry Reynard so Reynard can make his money back. One BIG problem: all stock transactions have an SEC-mandated "settling" period of several days before the transaction becomes official. Since Seth knows the FBI is arriving within the hour and the FBI's first act upon arriving will be to freeze all transactions, the sell order would never go through in real life. It would be a completely meaningless gesture.]]
25th Aug '13 11:17:54 PM RaiderDuck
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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women as they will constantly complain to and annoy the brokers over the stock's performance.

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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women as they will constantly complain to and annoy the brokers over the stock's performance. WordOfGod (via the DVD commentary) states it's also because men are inherently bigger gamblers then women.
28th Mar '13 10:10:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* WellDoneSonGuy: The film revolves entirely around Seth going to work at a brokerage firm (which he later finds out is in fact an illegal operation) to earn enough money to impress his Supreme Court Judge father Marty. It actually endangers his father's career when the FBI's Financial Crimes unit catches wind of it.
28th Mar '13 9:55:01 AM Morgenthaler
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The plot of the film is this:



By the end of the movie, the FBI track down Seth and his father. They want him to testify against J.T. Marlin, and he agrees to do this on the condition that they don't get his father involved. They send him to work the next day so he can uncover further information about the company, and for them to raid the place by midday. Seth first lies to the company about his client, Harry Reynard, who lost his life savings, so he can get the money back for him. After he negotiates with the heads of the firm, they tell him that in order to complete the task, he has to get a ticket sale signed by a senior broker. After the negotiation, he uses a floppy disk which contains files of cheated clients, and sends them to the FBI. Seth then goes to find Chris and attempts to persuade him to sign the ticket. Chris is enraged that the FBI have tracked down Seth, as well as to figure out about their raid, which is soon to be staged. Seth eventually persuades him after telling him that the firm turned honest people into liars, and for Chris to "do one thing right", he must sign. He eventually signs as Seth departs.

In the end, Seth narrates how different things might have been. Seth walks out of the building and makes his way to his car, narrating his work experience after he dropped out of college. He concludes by stating that he won the lottery and he must soon find a job. In the background, several cars are seen pulling in to the parking lot, and as Seth leaves, FBI agents get out of the cars ready to raid the place.









* WideEyedIdealist: Seth, when he goes to work for J.T. Marlin.

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* WideEyedIdealist: Seth, when he goes to work for J.T. Marlin.Marlin.

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28th Mar '13 9:52:20 AM Morgenthaler
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10th Mar '13 1:54:18 PM Lawyer
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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women. The stated reason: Women will constantly complain to and harass the broker over the stock's performance. The real (if unstated) reason: [[spoiler: Men will often be more reluctant to admit they've been conned and go to the police]].

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* MarsAndVenusGenderContrast: Greg explains to Seth that the firm ''never'' sells to women. The stated reason: Women women as they will constantly complain to and harass annoy the broker brokers over the stock's performance. The real (if unstated) reason: [[spoiler: Men will often be more reluctant to admit they've been conned and go to the police]].
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