I'd rate this a decent film on it's own merits but it's influence on subsequent stock broker-y type films can't be ignored.
From direct reference in Boiler Room, to the levels of extravagance be imitated in pretty much every film of the genre (sub-genre?) this is not to be sniffed at.
Never really rated Charlie Sheen acting wise and I'd put this forward as another example. Some other good performances of course, Douglas obviously and Sheen Snr in particular.
Managed to not see this for the 11 years it existed, despite all the good I'd heard about it.
Easy enough to see why it's as admired as it is, really well shot, and acted and the sub plots are really good padding out the film as a whole.
Can't say I'm a fan of Gondry's subsequent works, in fact I like a lot of music videos more so. This was a fine screenplay and well deserving of it's plaudits.