Monday, December 13, 2010

Movie Mondays

Matchstick Men

Book, 2002 by Eric Garcia

Roy and Frankie are matchstick men—con artists. Partners in elegant crimes for years, they know each other like brothers and have perfected the rules of the game.
Roy is the careful one. Saves every penny. Takes his medication regularly. Without the pills, his obsessive-compulsive disorder kicks in and he is too nauseated to do anything but stare at the dirt on the carpet.

Frankie is the adventurous one, hungry for a big score. He wants Roy to join him in running a tricky game, but Roy is distracted—for good reason. Roy has just discovered that he is the father of a punky teenage daughter from a brief marriage that ended years ago. Much to the frustration of Roy’s partner, the kid wants to get to know her father. She also wants to learn the family business.

Novelist Eric Garcia takes readers into the fast and funny world of grifters with issues. Matchstick Men is a dazzling literary con game that will keep readers guessing until the last page.

Movie, 2003 directed by Ridley Scott

Features: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman

Tagline: lie cheat steal rinse repeat

Awards: Sam Rockwell was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or Musical.

Did you know? Alison Lohman was 22 at the time of filming but was able to play the role of a "14 year old girl."

Have you read the book or seen the movie?

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