Matchstick Men (2003)


When an obsessive compulsive con artist discovers he has a teenage daughter he first bonds with her and then starts to teach her some tricks of the trade.

A bit of a departure for Ridley Scott, this is more concerned with the everyday than the kind of historical epics he has recently become associated with. An easygoing marriage of comedy, heist movie and family drama, Scott handles the shifts in tone with subtlety and never resorts to visual gimmickry. Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman are solid support and to be honest, Nicolas  Cage is the weak link performance-wise, as his take on obsessive compulsiveness can hardly be described as subtle; despite this he remains watchable enough.

A little predictable, but Matchstick Men has a couple of nice twists and has the kind of laid back charm that is old fashioned in a good way. Ocean’s Eleven on valium.



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