It doesn’t take a doctorate in film studies to understand the double-meaning in the title, but this slick drama still provides a welcome alternative perspective on cutthroat high finance. Specifically, it’s a female perspective: Naomi (Anna Gunn), trying to regain her mojo for taking companies public; Erin (Sarah Megan Thomas), Naomi’s ambitious V.P.; and Samantha (Alysia Reiner), Naomi’s college friend, now working for the Justice Department investigating insider trading at Naomi’s firm. The plot swirls around a tech firm IPO, but the details are far less relevant than the way the film’s all-woman creative team—director Meera Menon, with a story co-credited to co-stars/producers Reiner and Thomas—explores multiple angles on being a woman in a man’s world. The direction and Gunn’s performance capture both her observant eye for a female programmer at the tech company whose advice might be dismissed by her boss, and her fear that the younger Erin may be trying to undercut her. Even when the style feels familiar or a few “trying to have it all” beats play as rote, there are plenty of sharp details about the cost of trying to play with the big boys.
Director: Meera Menon
Producer: Alysia Reiner and Sarah Thomas
Cast: Anna Gunn, Sarah Thomas, Alysia Reiner, James Purefoy, Samuel Roukin, Craig Bierko, Nate Corddry, Nick Gehlfuss, Sophie von Haselberg, Carrie Preston, Lee Tergesen, James Naughton and David Basche