Sunday, January 12, 2014

Matchstick Men (2003)

Dang – this would have been perfect for my tribute to Nicolas Cage movies last year! 

Synopsis: Never, ever open up your heart or trust anyone, Example #456,293,389, 003. 

Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “If there’s a sucker born every minute, these guys will work the delivery room. Meet Roy and Frank, con men who plan to flimflam a flimflammer out of big-time dough. They have a new partner to help them too: Roy’s long-absent 14-year-old daughter, who has entered his life and is eager to learn the art of the con.” 

What Did I Learn?: 1) Fourteen-year-old girls aren’t that crazy about linguine aglio e olio. 2) For some people, money is like a foreign movie without subtitles. 

You Might Like This Movie If: You figure it must be a full-length version of this.
Really?: Hmm.... so Frank’s entire plan more-or-less depends upon Roy never once getting in touch with his ex-girlfriend to discuss their daughter? Come to think of it, Frank has nothing to do with Roy losing his pills early on, yet he knows just the psychiatrist Roy should contact. 

Rating: Matchstick Men is an enjoyable, character-driven comedy drama about a guilt-ridden con man who connects with a daughter he’s never met. Sam Rockwell is good as Frank, but the heart of the film is the very real chemistry between Cage and Alison Lohman. Highly recommended. 8.5/10 stars.

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