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Matchstick Men (2003)

Written By Awir Aditya on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 | 9:04 AM



Genre: Drama/Crime

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman


A smooth con artist Roy Waller (Cage) has one big problem. He suffers from agoraphobia, mysophobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder and a tic disorder and not to mention that he yells 'pygmies' whenever something upsets him. He along with his partner in crime Frank (Rockwell) have been successful so far in what they have been doing. Roy's wife left him 15 years back and he hasn't heard from her since. He doesn't know if he has any children and with the help of his shrink, he manages to meet his only known daughter, Angela (Lohman). He cant get along with Angela initially due to her messy habits but they eventually learn to live with each other. He teaches Angela the tricks of the trade and starts using her for smaller tasks during some of his jobs. The once daughter-father relationship that never existed suddenly comes to life and becomes very strong. Nicolas Cage, needless to say, puts on an amazing performance, something that has now become habitually expected from him. The story gets a tad boring somewhere down the half-way mark but improves later on. It has a nice climax with a good twist, but something even more twisted would have made the movie a more sensational watch. A decent one-time watch con movie but not something entirely fabulous.

Thumbs up: Nicolas Cage
Thumbs down: A bit boring at times

Rating: 6.8/10
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