• Matchstick Men (2003)

Matchstick Men

Release Date: September 12th, 2003

DVD Release Date: February 24th, 2004

PG-13 |1 hr 56 min

Plot Summary

Roy (Nicolas Cage), a depressed con artist with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Frank (Sam Rockwell), his partner, find their line of work complicated by the arrival of Roy's teenage daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman). Angela brings some spirit back into Roy's life, and some of his disorder symptoms seem to disappear. But when Angela wants to learn the family business, and Roy allows her to assist on a big scam concerning a businessmen (Bruce McGill), he reconsiders his parenting techniques.

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill, Sheila Kelley, Beth Grant, Jenny O'Hara

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Dark comedy

Production Co: Rickshaw Filmworks, LivePlanet, Warner Brothers, ImageMovers, Horsepower Entertainment

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Love, Daughter, 2000s, Quest, Amusing, Los Angeles, House, Father, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Cleverly conceived, skillfully made and performed with unflagging verve, it's a change of pace (slower) and scale (smaller) for Mr. Scott, the director of such pounding epics as "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down." Yet this intimate, intricate con about a couple of petty con men selling water filtration systems is also remote and forgettable in the end, a lapidary icicle.

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Lohman in particular is effective; I learn to my astonishment that she's 24, but here she plays a 15-year-old with all the tentative love and sudden vulnerability that the role requires, when your dad is a whacko confidence man. show more

  • 50
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    The movie so successfully raises the emotional and psychological stakes in the first half that not all audiences may like the film's reversion to con-artist form in the second. The con itself is preposterous and full of holes when we think back after the movie. show more

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