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Movie Review: EQUITY

     In Hollywood, men dominate most movies. But the new film EQUITY is an exception. It was written by a woman, directed by a woman, and three actresses play the main characters.

     EQUITY is a provocative look at the world of high finance and and the sacrifices it demands of the few women who work in it. 

     The film focuses on a single middle aged woman who’s been successful in a business that is full of greed, corruption, and betrayal.

Audience member: For each of you…What’s that thing that makes you really wanna get up in the morning?

Naomi: Well, for me, I guess the simplest answer is I like money.

     Anna Gunn, who played Bryan Cranston’s wife in BREAKING BAD, is Naomi, a successful investment banker in her forties who’s brushing up against the glass ceiling. 

Naomi:  I’m not going to sit here and tell you that I only do what I do to take care of other people. Because it is OK to do it for ourselves. … I’m so glad that it’s finally acceptable for women to talk about ambition openly.

     Naomi has taken five Silicon Valley companies public and is working on a sixth. But her last effort to guide a company through its Initial Public Offering or IPO did not go well mostly because she tried to get a fair deal for both the company and its potential investors. And the idea of fairness doesn’t go over well with her newest clients either. 

Naomi:  At 7.2 million a share that give gives us a valuation of 868 million.

Company owner: Hang on just a minute. We have to get a billion dollar evaluation. 

Naomi: We have looked at the comparables and…

Company owner: You’re going to leave tens of millions of dollars on the table. 

       Naomi has other troubles as well. Her young assistant is pregnant which is a big no-no in the world of high finance. Plus, her boy friend is a broker and therefore a competitor.  And she discovers that an old college friend is now a federal investigator.

Naomi: You still working on drug dealers?

Friend: I’m actually white collar crime.

Naomi: You got a file on us?

Friend: We have files on everyone.

        If you’ve ever wanted to know more about how insider trading works and its effect on the lives of investment bankers, especially its women, you shouldn’t miss EQUITY.

        Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now.



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