Matchstick Men (2003)
- Time: 116 min
- Genre: Comedy | Crime | Drama
- Director: Ridley Scott
- Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman
Nicolas Cage plays Roy, who prefers to be referred to not as a con man but a “con artist,” specializing in the “short con,” the quick and simple cheat that does not require an elaborate set-up. But his conflicts about his success have left him feeling even more uneasy than he is willing to admit. Various circumstances lead him to a psychiatrist (Bruce Altman). He begins to explore unresolved issues from his past, including his longing for the child he never met. When his wife left him, she was pregnant. The doctor helps Roy find his daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman). When he finds that she has inherited his skills, he is very proud but also a little horrified. He wants something better for her than what he has had. He wants to be better for her than he has been. Maybe the thing to do is one last “long con” and then he and Angela can live happily ever after. But, as Roy tells Angela, the challenge for a con artist is being ready for things that you did not plan.