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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The main characters lie, cheat, and steal.
Violence & Scariness
Guns, some graphic violence and injuries. Characters in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references, some nudity.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes violence with some graphic injuries. Characters use strong language, drink, smoke, and self-medicate. There are some sexual references. And of course the main characters lie, cheat, and steal. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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