Parents' Guide to

Matchstick Men

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

This is a movie about con games at every level.

Movie PG-13 2003 116 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Needs a language UPDATE!

Great flick, well done ,but it has language unlike the Common Sense review states. Many uses of Jesus, JC, bitch, sh*t and more. Hopefully Common Sense isn't lowering their standard.

Is It Any Good?

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Director Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Thelma and Louise, Blade Runner) has assembled the ingredients in MATCHSTICK MEN like a perfectly iced martini that is stirred, not shaken. The result is dry but refreshing -- and with a kick. Altman is excellent, Lohman and Rockwell are both impeccable, but Cage is mesmerizing. His performance perfectly matches Scott's direction, both exploring the movie's multi-layered themes of conflict, betrayal, counterpoint, inversion, imperatives, and longing. This is a movie about con games at every level; characters con each other and con themselves.

And of course the ultimate con artist here is the movie itself. Some audience members will think there is at least one twist too many, and others will find that the pieces do not hold together as well as they might like. But others will appreciate its superb performances and story-telling, as cool as cocktail music.

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