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Matchstick Men

  • Comedy
  • Crime/detective
  • 2003
  • Ridley Scott
  • 111 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Stylish crime comedy drama starring Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell and Alison Lohman. Roy Waller is an obsessive-compulsive small-time conman who operates alongside his trusty buddy Frank. But the pair's partnership is hampered by the arrival of Roy's teenage daughter Angela.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Closer in scale and spirit to Thelma and Louise than his recent range of ambitious widescreen spectacles, this crime comedy drama from director Ridley Scott is a low-key movie with a high-profile lead. Nicolas Cage plays an experienced conman who is also afflicted by an obsessive-compulsive disorder that makes him nervous, disorientated and a cleanliness freak. The fact that this is utterly at odds with his lifestyle choice does stretch credibility, but it also allows Scott and his technical crew to indulge in all sorts of appropriately edgy cuts and compositions. The story really begins when Cage and partner Sam Rockwell embark on a high-stakes scam, just as the former discovers he has a bright teenage daughter (an eye-catching Alison Lohman). The bonding scenes, as dad lightens up and passes on some basic scamming skills, are played beautifully, yet the script cheapens this sharp Paper Moon-like set-up with a predictable con of its own. Great cast, weak payoff.

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Credits

Cast

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Roy WallerNicolas Cage
Frank MercerSam Rockwell
AngelaAlison Lohman
Chuck FrechetteBruce McGill
Dr Harris KleinBruce Altman
KathySheila Kelley (1)
Laundry ladyBeth Grant

Crew

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DirectorRidley Scott

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Bros
Released on
2003-09-19
Languages
English
Guidance
May be edited for language and violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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