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Matchstick Men Movie Review Summary

Actors: Nicholas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

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MATCHSTICK MEN is a movie directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Gladiator) in 2003.
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Roy Waller and his partner Frank Mercer are confidence tricksters. Roy, an obsessive/compulsive sufferer, must take his pills every morning if he wants to avoid panic attacks. The day he losts his pills down his basin, Frank sends him to Dr. Klein a psychiatrist. After a few days, Frank starts to trust Dr. Klein and explains to him that he's left his wife some 15 years before and, from this moment on, hasn't been with a woman.

Dr. Klein contacts his patient's former wife and learns that Roy's got a daughter, the 14 years old Angela. After a while, Angela and Roy get along pretty well and the young girl decides to spend a few days at her father's home. Meanwhile, Roy and Frank are meticulously preparing to swindle of Chuck Frechette. Roy asks his daughter Angela to play a small part in the fraud while Dr. Klein is suggesting to Roy to come back to an honest life.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler




Nicholas Cage portrays a conman with a few ticks. He is obsessive compulsive and takes medicine just to be able to leave his house. His partner, Sam Rochwell,is sympathetic but still gives him a hard time about it. They are trying to pull of their latest con, that Nicholas Cage says will be his last, when he finds out he may have a daughter he never knew. He now must balance the life he's known and made a very nice living at, his obsessive compulsive behavior and this new person claiming so much of his attention.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandy



Script Analysis of Matchstick Men

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   search for family/history Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Story of    -   con-artist/white collar crime Brain/Body not working?    -   mental illness Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist    -   criminal Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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