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Time Out says

This beady-eyed morality play is set in the hothouse environment of an illicit share-ramping operation, which 19-year-old numbers whizz Seth Davis (Ribisi) takes to the NY stockbroking firm JT Marlin after his father, a stern judge, shuts down his home gambling den. JT Marlin is a quicksilver enterprise founded on the get-rich-quick dreams of its customers and recruits alike. Everyone can become a millionaire here, Affleck's recruiting officer tells the new intake, 'the only question is how many times over.' Of course, other questions arise: Seth's secret affair with his boss's ex, company secretary Abbie (Long); his dad's continuing stern attentions; the customers fleeced of their life savings; and the attentions of the FBI. Not all of this works - the Oedipal angst of Seth's relationship with his dad is unnecessary and close to unbearable - but enough's credible and thought through to mark the film as a praiseworthy and auspicious achievement for first time writer/director Younger. Turns of dialogue ring compellingly true, and the well chosen cast (especially Ribisi) carry the inflections of the drama with some style.
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Release details

UK release:

2000

Duration:

120 mins

Cast and crew

Production Designer:

Anne Stuhler

Editor:

Chris Peppe

Cast:

Giovanni Ribisi, Nia Long, Bill Sage, Vin Diesel, Ron Rifkin, Scott Caan, Ben Affleck, Jamie Kennedy

Screenwriter:

Ben Younger

Music:

The Angel

Producer:

Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd

Director:

Ben Younger

Cinematography:

Enrique Chediak

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