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In most movies about con artists (also known as grifters, flim flam men and matchstick men), it’s the ‘con' that drives the film forward. Rarely are the characters in these pieces, say for example in House of Cards and most recently Confidence, given more depth than a toddler's paddling pool. But that's not the case with Sir Ridley Scott's distinctive addition to the genre - distinctive because it infuses a fast- paced plot with genuine emotional depth.

Most of this arises from the film's central character, Roy, and Nicolas Cage, the actor who plays him. A veteran of the con, Roy has had a fruitful relationship with the small time scam, and at this stage of the game he‘s proud to be passing on his knowledge to partner and protege Frank (Sam Rockwell). On a professional level, Roy's semi- successful, but his personal life's a deathly void, turning him into an obsessive compulsive, chain- smoking wreck of a man with more tics than a mangy dog. Still smarting from he failure of his marriage 14 years earlier, Roy discovers he's got a teenage

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daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who wants to know all about what Daddy does for a living. Pretty soon she‘s in on a scam, but from Frank‘s point of view, when you add a player, you increase the risk that something will go wrong.

Crucially (for a film to succeed in this genre), you can’t see the con or where it‘s coming from. As a character, Roy is an impressive con man, but a ridiculous human being,

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Slick but never superficial

and Cage brings great vulnerability to the role. The chemistry between him and his co-stars is considerable and Lohman delivers a remarkably polished performance as the troublesome teen. Slick but never superficial, Matchstick Men succeeds ably, then, in warming the previously cool and shallow waters of the confidence flick.

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Vibrant coming-of- age drama

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