Picks and Pans Review: The $treet
Valuation...acquisition costs...share price.... The high-flying twentysomething stockbrokers of Wall Street's Balmont Stevens Inc. spout such jargon with dizzying speed. But just as I was reaching for my copy of Finance for Dummies, this slick new series from Sex and the City creator Darren Star shifted gears in the Nov. 1 opener to reveal that guys, too, just want to have fun after hours. And it ranges from the concupiscent to the kinky. One scruffy broker (Saving Private Ryan's Adam Goldberg) gets turned on by a dominatrix Xena impersonator. Meanwhile Boiler Room's Tom Everett Scott dumps his banking exec fiancée (Nina Gabiras) after learning she still yearns for her old beau. Not that the show's women aren't equally assertive. Jennifer Connelly, as a clean-cut new sales VP, neatly skewers the office sexist (Rick Hoffman). "You're scum," she says. Well, that needs no translation. Nor does the look of elation on one lucky trader's face when he shouts, "I'm worth $140 million!" Cool and cocky and filthy rich, these Street-smart characters just might grow on you.
Bottom Line: Buy now