"Smart, Entertaining Wall Street Drama"
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EQUITY is an engrossing, edge-of-your-seat drama about money, power and virtue. It plays like a smart, suspenseful provocative thriller. Anna Gunn is superb as the female protagonist, the investment banker trying to move up the ladder. The movie also intends to highlight the special problems women encounter navigating the male-dominated world of Wall Street, but it never comes across as an annoying, politically correct feminist diatribe. That said, EQUITY contains plenty of strong foul language and some bad behavior that warrant extreme caution.
(H, Fe, B, CapCap, Acap, LLL, S, A, D, M) Light humanist worldview about female executives on Wall Street, with some moral elements about business ethics and regarding pros and cons of having a career versus having a family, set in a capitalist environment but mitigated by some corruption and moral compromises occurring in that environment; about 47 obscenities (mostly “f” words), one strong profanity mentioning Jesus and two light profanities; no violence; implied fornication between unmarried couple, plus a couple kisses, and a married woman is pregnant but hides her pregnancy for career reasons; no nudity; alcohol use, including pregnant woman in a scene takes a drink of wine that’s meant to symbolize an immoral compromise she’s making to promote her own career at the expense of another woman’s career; smoking but no drugs; and, woman surreptitiously gives some insider information to a man who’s trying to unjustly benefit by that information, woman hides her pregnancy so she can get a promotion she wants, lying, and betrayal.
EQUITY is a Wall Street drama about a high-powered female executive trying to set up a successful stock offering for a private Internet security firm, but running into obstacles that could stop her move up the corporate ladder. EQUITY is an engrossing, edge-of-your-seat drama about money, power and virtue that plays like a smart, provocative thriller, but there’s plenty of strong foul language and some immoral behavior that warrant extreme caution.
The movie opens with senior investment banker Naomi Bishop suffering her first failure when a Silicon Valley start-up’s efforts toward an Initial Public Offering, or IPO, on Wall Street isn’t valued as high as she needs it to be. Despite previous success, Naomi needs to dispel the clouds gathering around her career because of this defeat, especially if she wants to be considered to replace her boss, who’s retiring.
As Naomi shepherds another Silicon Valley firm toward its IPO, she encounters Samantha, an old friend from her college days who’s now investigating white-collar crime on Wall Street. Though Naomi’s put her private life on hold to pursue her career, she’s having an affair with Michael, a broker at another division at her bank that arranges deals with hedge funds. Michael lives for the cutthroat sport of making deals, but Naomi is careful not to talk shop with Michael, in order to avoid any suspicions of insider trading.
Meanwhile, Naomi’s assistant, Erin, is also bucking for a promotion at their firm. However, she’s just become pregnant by her husband and needs to hide the pregnancy if she wants to be considered.
Naomi’s new IPO, a tech company with revolutionary new privacy software, begins having problems when a disgruntled employee raises questions with Naomi about the software. Michael, her boyfriend, suspects something’s wrong, so he’s thinking about undercutting the IPO’s opening day, working in cahoots with a controversial hedge fund operator, who’s being investigated by Naimi’s college friend at the Justice Dept.
EQUITY is an engrossing, edge-of-your-seat drama about money, power and virtue. It plays like a smart, suspenseful, provocative thriller. Anna Gunn is superb as the female protagonist, the investment banker trying to move up the corporate ladder. The movie is also intended to highlight the special problems women encounter navigating the male-dominated world of Wall Street, but it never comes across as an annoying, politically correct feminist diatribe.
That said, EQUITY has a light humanist worldview overall, mitigated by some moral elements regarding the pros and cons of pursuing a career versus having a robust family life. Also, EQUITY takes a provocative look at some of the ethical dilemmas that people, especially women, face on Wall Street. Finally, EQUITY contains plenty of strong foul language and some immoral behavior that warrant extreme caution.