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Meet Roy and his ambitious protégé Frank, a couple of con artists. Grifters. Matchstick Men. Business is good: the two run a successful, small-time scam. But Roy's (Academy Award winner Nicholas Cage) personal life is a mess. Chain-smoking, obsessive-compulsive, and agoraphobic, with idiosyncrasies that threaten his criminal productivity, Roy requires a psychoanalyst just to stay in working order. Now, much to his shock he discovers he has a 14-year-old daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who wants to know her father. And as Roy and Frank (Sam Rockwell) develop a style of parenting with a unique spin, they realize that Angela has an interest and a knack for the family business as she earns her place as one of the Matchstick Men.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Breezy and well-acted, Matchstick Men focuses more on the characters than on the con.
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Common Sense Media
Common Sense Says
This is a movie about con games at every level.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes violence with some graphic injuries. Characters use strong language, drink, smoke, and self-medicate. There are some sexual references. And of course the main characters lie, cheat, and steal.
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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:September 12, 2003
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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