"Matchstick Men" - Movie Review
- Friday, September 12, 2003
Bad: There’s some crude language along with one religious profanity. We see brief rear male nudity under a hospital gown, and when the men go into a dance club to pull a scam, we see girls pole dancing in brief attire. There are a couple of scenes where Angela pushes the father/daughter envelope; she uses bad language, drinks a beer, shoots her dad the finger and doesn’t come home until late one night, all with humorous reactions and scolding from her wanna-be dad. For those who might not want to see this movie because they think it promotes a crime of a father teaching his daughter to be a con artist (don’t worry, I thought the same thing), stay with it till the end. It will surprise you. What I didn’t enjoy was the way the screenwriters hook the audience into feeling empathy for a father surprised by the depth of his love for his daughter and involve us in that relationship, then jerk us out by changing the course of the story with a slick, sleight-of-hand plot twist. That left me feeling … well … robbed. And then I got it, and I laughed at how brilliant the writing was and how it all made sense in the end. Remember, you reap what you sow, and it’s hard to find fault with that.
Bottom Line: Parents this is a PG-13 adult comedy with themes and life lessons that will mostly be understood and appreciated by older audiences. Even though there is a teenage girl in the movie, it’s not a movie for young teenagers. I enjoy Ridley Scott’s directing and the little nuances and touches he gives to every scene and plot detail. The screenplay was written by the guys who wrote “Oceans Eleven,” and the movie plays like a cross between “The Sting” and “Paper Moon.” This is one of those movies that you’re going to walk out of and think about long afterward.
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