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Netflix’s Buzzy Wall Street Thriller Is a Letdown

Netflix’s Buzzy Wall Street Thriller Is a Letdown

Hollywood has long been seduced by the world of high finance. All that money! All that power! The glossy skyscrapers that house hedge funds and investment banks look too polished to contain American psychos and Wall Street wolves. And yet, there they are—an assortment of memorable monsters, backstabbing and clawing their way to the top. In Fair Play, a Sundance hit Netflix acquired for $20 million that begins streaming tomorrow, the writer-director Chloe Domont contrasts the coldness of the conference room with the steaminess of the bedroom. The couple at the story’s center, Emily (played by Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor) and Luke (Alden Ehrenreich), are colleagues keeping their relationship a secret. Their romance is against HR policy, and their effort to hide it—exchanging pleasantries in front of their colleagues, making sure they arrive separately at the office—is also a titillating game. At work, they’re the picture of buttoned-up efficiency. At home, they have sex on the floor. But when Emily gets promoted above Luke shortly after they get engaged, the tenuous line between their professional and …