A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Crime doesn't pay. Eventually, justice will be served.
Positive Role Models
Investigative journalists and detectives on the case work tirelessly to catch a master criminal.
The main characters are French and Israeli.
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Violence & Scariness
Some non-gory images of the 2005 London bombing attacks and the 2015 Paris attacks. Some brief footage shows hostages blurred out. A man tells his story of how his wife killed herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few scenes show women in bathing suits.
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Strong language includes: "f--k," "f--ked," "s--t," and "ass."
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Products & Purchases
References to Skype.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes often.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Masked Scammer is a documentary about Gilbert Chikli, a scam artist who made off with over 100 million Euros between 2005 and 2017. This incredible story reveals how Chikli went about scamming CEOs, executives, government officials, and other "elites." This documentary traces the various scams and schemes Chikli committed, with many soundbites, voice/phone recordings, and examples of the ways he was able to convince people to hand over millions. Some footage of the 2005 London bombing attacks and the 2015 Paris attacks show non-gory images of the aftermath. A man tells a story of how his wife killed herself. Strong language includes: "f--k," "f--ked," "s--t," and "ass." Adults smoke cigarettes often. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this true crime documentary, the sheer audacity of Gilbert Chikli and the nature of his scams themselves are enough to carry the film. Indeed, The Masked Scammer profiles the unbelievable boldness of Chikli and his ability to convince people with charm, confidence, and urgency. Chikli's master idea is truly brazen and resembles more an idea found in a fictional movie rather than reality. But there it is in all its glory: Chikli wearing a silicone mask of the French Minister of Defense (at the time) Jean-Yves Le Drian, impersonating him, and telling his victims to transfer money "for France" and to help "save hostages from terrorists."
The film is produced and delivered well. There is structure framing this tale of crime that traces Chikli's early life, first girlfriend and accomplice, and all the way to his current ex-wife and his eventual imprisonment. The only major gripe for some viewers, however, might be in the stylization and tone of documentary. In being so focused on delivering a pacey, hip, modern, and exciting tone, the film sometimes risks seeming like it glamorizes Chikli and his crimes more than it probably wants to. What gets lost amidst reveling in Chikli's "genius" are all the victims' stories, how many of them lost their jobs, careers, credibility, and reputations.
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