Synopsis: Naomi Bishop is an investment banker determined to overcome a previous stain to her professional reputation, which is a challenge in the male dominated financial sector she works in. As Naomi in that spirit makes her move managing a burgeoning new tech IPO, she has to endure not only the condescension of her colleagues, but also her imperious client even as troubling new developments cloud the venture's future. Against that, the probing of a college friend turned Federal investment law prosecutor and the conniving of her double-dealing boyfriend seem to be manageable complications, until a betrayal by a trusted colleague threatens to ruin everything.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Meera Menon
Production: Broad Street Pictures
  1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min



MAN 1:
The entire market is watching.

Back with Dynacorps' CEO.

You must be very happy

with this news--

MAN 2:
This runaway hit

that is the Dynacorps [PO--

MAN 3:
Take a look at the evaluation,

I 'm really doubtful--

MAN 2:
So a great day for Dynacorps

and for the bankers at Gemini Trust--


You'll understand--


--is climbing rapidly upwards today.


--moving broadly higher at this hour...

...with utility and tech shares

leading the gains.

But there is really

only one story out there...

...that everybody

in the market is watching...

...and that is the Dynacorps IPO.

This truly is a historic day.

We knew

from the road show...

...the demand for the stock

was going to be strong.

We expected to see a pop

at the open.

But nobody thought Dynacorps

would soar like this...

...all the way to 47,

and it looks like it is still climbing...

...at this hour,

so a much better debut...

...than investors could have hoped for.

Of course, with this kind of move...

...you wonder whether the stock

may have been mispriced...

...whether or not perhaps they left

a little money on the table.

We know that they actually

switched underwriters...

...going into this IPO, so there

was a bit of concern...

...about how things would shake

up, but clearly Dynacorps' IPO...

...is shaping up to be

one of the most successful...

...public offerings of the year.




So what happened with Dynacorps?

Neel, I have taken nine Silicon Valley

companies public in the last five years...

...and you want to talk about

the one I didn't take to the finish line?

I work for the largest

investment bank in the world.

We both know

I found you guys capital...

...when you were just a couple kids

with a laptop and a dream.

So we can talk about Dynacorps...

...or we can talk about you...

...and how I'm gonna

grow your company...

...so you can build technology

that will transform people's lives.

- Try the Tasmanian sea trout.

- Yeah, maybe I should.







- Hi.

- Hi. I saw the e-mail from Neel.

Mm. He does love to play hard to get.

Everyone likes to think

their company's a unicorn.

- You read up on the other companies?

- Yeah, so I was looking at--

Cachet? I have a hunch

they're looking to expand.

You've got the numbers on them?

I will bring them right over.




Everyone's saying there's gonna be

some movement around here.

So I'm wondering

if now might be the time...

-...to talk about that promotion?

- No.

Now is not the right time.

HR is out there

snatching blackberries.

I get that. But I've been

under-compensated two years in a row--

Erin, I told you I'd make a push

for you, and I will. But it is a down year.

I do need those numbers ASAP.




Excuse me.

Sam, hi.

L-- You know, I meant to reach out

when I heard you were doing this, but I--

I thought you hated alumni events.


- But I think this is important.

- Yeah.

I think these girls look at me

as what not to do.

How to go to law school

and still end up broke.

Well, I'm sure there must be

one young idealist in here somewhere.

I hope so. Heh.

So how are you? How are things?

Are you still at the U.S. Attorney's Office

locking up drug dealers?

I am. Uh, I'm actually in your area now.

White-collar crime, uh, securities.

Wow, that's quite a change.

And you're at Remson still?

I'm a lifer.

Golden handcuffs.



You got a file on us?

I imagine we have a file on everyone.

You know, I was just thinking

the other night...

...about the evening of Goatee Guy.

- No, no.

-Yeah, yeah.

That was horrifying.

- The most awful walk of shame.

- It was awesome.

No, it's not awesome.

There's nothing awesome about it.


Know what? We really should

get together. It's been forever.

I would love that.

- Me too.

- I'll, um...

-I'll see you on the panel.

-Yeah. See you up there.

I'm wondering, for each of you,

what's that thing that really makes you...

...want to get up in the morning?


Well, for me, I guess,

the simplest answer is...

...l like money.


I do. I like numbers.

I like negotiating.

I love a challenge.

Turning a no into a yes.

But I really do like money.

I like knowing that I have it.

I grew up in a house

where there was never enough.

I was raised by a single mom

with four kids.

I took my first job on Wall Street...

...so I could put my little brothers

through college.

But I am not going to sit here

and tell you that I only do what I do...

...to take care of other people,

because it is okay to do it for ourselves.

For how it makes us feel.

Secure? Yeah.

Powerful? Absolutely.

I am so glad

that it's finally acceptable...

...for women to talk

about ambition openly.

But don't let money

be a dirty word.

We can like that too.



Did I see you in a dress last night?

Shut up.


So you go to the thing?

You talk to her?

- Your friend?

- I did.

And? She give you anything

on the hedge fund guy?

I haven't seen the woman

in eight years.

What exactly do you think

she'll give me...

...at our appearance

at an alumni event?

Look, this was your idea to nail Benji

through your banker friend, not mine.

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