Matchstick Men – Edited

Theatrical Release: September 12, 2003
DVD Release: February 24, 2004


If there’s a sucker born every minute, these guys will work the delivery room. Meet Roy and Frank, con men who plan to flimflam a flimflammer out of big-time dough. They have a new partner to help them too: Roy’s long-absent 14 year-old daughter, who has entered his life and is eager to learn the art of the con.

Just when you think you have it figured out you don’t, during this acclaimed comedy thriller directed by Ridley Scott. Nicolas Cage is winningly quirky as Roy, genius at crime and basket case in life because he’s an agoraphobe, a germaphobe and suddenly a parent. Sam Rockwell is wily Frank. And Alison Lohman plays the wild child at Roy’s door. For fun, suspense and brain-busting twists, nothing’s hotter than Matchstick Men.

Dove Review

Nicolas Cage is very funny in this film with all his little quirks and phobias. There are some wonderful twists and turns throughout the film that keep you guessing, but there is one troubling aspect to the film that parents will need to think about carefully before viewing this with children. That is Roy (Cage) not only allows a teenager to pull some cons, but teaches her a lot of his tricks. He is against it at first, but as with most teenagers, they try to wear you down until you give up. Roy gives up and she is right in the thick of things. Frank, (Sam Rockwell) is pretty normal compared to Roy. Rockwell’s performance is pretty toned down than other roles he has taken on recently, but is still the man you love to hate.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Nicholas Griffin and Ted Griffin
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Jack Rapke, Ridley Scott, Steve Starkey, Sean Bailey and Ted Griffin
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 116 min.
Reviewer: Dave Lukens