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Matchstick MenTaking a break from such gritty, ponderous epics as ''Gladiator'' and ''Black Hawk Down,'' director Ridley Scott returns to his sassy ''Thelma & Louise'...Matchstick MenMystery and Thriller, DramaPT118MPG-13Taking a break from such gritty, ponderous epics as ''Gladiator'' and ''Black Hawk Down,'' director Ridley Scott returns to his sassy ''Thelma & Louise'...2004-03-05Melora WaltersWarner Bros.
Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, ...

Matchstick Men

Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Drama; Starring: Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman, Sam Rockwell, Melora Walters; Director: Ridley Scott; Author: Nick Griffin, Ted Griffin; Release Date Wide: 09/12/2003; Runtime (in minutes): 118; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Taking a break from such gritty, ponderous epics as ”Gladiator” and ”Black Hawk Down,” director Ridley Scott returns to his sassy ”Thelma & Louise” style with a quirky and slick style piece. Matchstick Men centers on a neurotic, compulsive con artist – played to tic-ridden perfection by Nicolas Cage. On top of his physical and neurological burdens, he’s saddled with a butter-smooth partner in crime (Sam Rockwell) and a suddenly resurfaced teenage daughter (a 22-year-old Alison Lohman in a beguiling, wide-eyed performance). In the end, though, maybe Scott is the real matchstick man: The filmmaker has us believe we’re getting a madcap comedy, but instead we end up with a cautionary tale of retribution and salvation.

EXTRAS The straightforward commentary by Scott and screenwriters Ted and Nicholas Griffin (who adapted Eric Garcia’s novel) is no shell game, nor is the for-film-geeks-only ”Tricks of the Trade” featurette.

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