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Equity Review - AVClub

AVClub: “Don’t let money be a dirty word,” says Naomi Bishop (Anna Gunn), steely senior investment banker at Remson Partners, as she gives a talk at a wine-and-cheese mixer of Manhattan businesswomen. It’s not quite Wall Street’s “Greed is good,” but it doesn’t have to be. Equity may not be the fanciest or flashiest of financial thrillers—more like off-brand David Fincher or Steven Soderbergh—but it gets the job done. Its major players are all women trying to make careers in boys’ club professions (yes, the title is a play on words); that’s all the motivation the movie offers and perhaps all that it really needs. It skips past the usual handwringing over the temptations of capitalist wealth and just gets right to the risk-taking and double-crossing, assuming (rightly) that viewers don’t need a character to have a backstory, a tragic secret, and a dead spouse, best friend, or parent to understand why they’d do anything to hold on to a career.

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