I normally can’t stand Nicholas Cage. I find him to be an actor that’s losing his looks and is not dealing with it gracefully and try to cling to roles that, sadly, are not suited for him any more. Roy, neurotic, flim flam man however is a role that suits his well. He is a con artist that specializes in stealing money from medium income families naive enough to get sucked into their schemes with the help of his partner played by Sam Rockwell.
Roy is special in this role because while he can successfully pull off a con he is in dire need of his medication, without it, he becomes obsessive compulsive about cleaning, agoraphobic and replete with a whole host of facial ticks and jerks which makes him very unpleasant to deal with.
When Roy loses his medication he needs to see a new psychologist who gets him pills, as well as discusses the possibiilty of reconnecting with the money he left when she was 2 months pregnant. Now a 14 year old girl he starts entering his life, while still trying to do these multilayered cons, granted to guys who really deserve being heist. Well the worlds start to mix and before you know it he’s bonding with her, teaching her his business, and having difficulty with what’s right and what’s wrong.
Roy has always been excellent at keeping the cons separate from the normal pace of his life and now all of it is embroiled into a mess. As the story continues we find out that while he believes he is the con master his partner/protegee have been pulling one over him, without giving away too much lets say that it’s an expensive lesson for him to learn but despite that it seems that everyone takes away with something and the ending while sweet is not overwrought.
Overall: quite enjoyable.