Focus (2015)

Theatrical Release: February 27, 2015
Focus (2015)


Nicky Spurgeon is a seasoned con-man who becomes romantically involved with an attractive young woman; while introducing her to the tricks of his con man trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame—now an accomplished femme fatale—shows up in Buenos Aires as the opposing side of the same scam: a billionaire international race car owner. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, most dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop…and the consummate con man off his game.

Dove Review

“Focus” is a fast-paced movie that takes a few twists and turns so that the viewer never figures everything out about the plot until the end. That is a good thing. I didn’t see everything coming that happened, like you can in some films. So the surprises were nice, including one near the end that involves a relationship that most viewers wouldn’t have suspected.

Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) is a con artist that teaches a young and beautiful woman named Jess (Margot Robbie) to steal. She works her skills on the street, swiping watches, wallets and jewelry but sometimes she is assisted by others. She draws a person’s attention away and her accomplice grabs the goods. When Nicky shows Jess how he got a man at a football game to pick a certain player’s number, by placing that number (55) all around him all day, she is amazed at his attention to detail. Nicky and Jess fall for one another and when the job is finished, Jess is perplexed when Nicky gives her share to her and sends her on her way, not to mention heartbroken. But it’s not the last time he will see her.

When they cross paths again the two of them face the biggest challenge of Nicky’s cons yet. A formidable foe stands in their way of a chance at happiness. But Nicky always seems to figure a way out. He will need some assistance at the end, and it comes from the person he would least expect. Despite the twists and turns of the film, and Will Smith’s good performance, it contains strong content in the sex, language, violence and nudity categories, leaving it outside the “family friendly” perimeters and so regrettably we are unable to present “Focus” our Dove Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Implied sex between unmarried couple more than once; couple seen under covers together and male is shirtless and presumably nude; sexual innuendos and slang for having sex and a few comments about oral sex are made; the upper part of a woman's rear is seen for a few seconds as she is thrusting and having sex; several men stare at woman's rear as she wears short shorts.
Language: GD-2; G/OMG-11; J-4; Ch*ist-1; For Ch*ist's sakes-1; JC-1; F-68 (at least one used sexually); S-26; A-8; H-6; D-5; SOB-1; SOB-1; Pr*ck-2; Slang used for having sex several times; Slang for male genitalia and testicles and for woman's breasts.
Violence: Gun held on characters; a few fights including punches thrown and characters are slapped; a car crashes into another car and air bag goes off; a character is shot and blood is seen on his shirt, the front and back; a couple are tied to chairs and the woman's mouth is taped shut.
Drugs: Drinking in several scenes including beer and wine; a few characters are drunk and one is seen passed out at the bar; the smoking of cigars in a few scenes; it's mentioned a man is a former alcoholic and he is given water to drink but he acts as if he is getting drunk.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in several scenes; a woman's upper rear is seen; woman seen in bikini; shirtless men; man seen in underwear.
Other: Tension and betrayal between characters; stealing and gambling.


Company: Warner Brothers
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Producer: Denise Di Novi
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 104 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter