As Monty Python
used to say, now for something completely different.
Director Ridley Scott, whose recent history has brought us wonderful
action films like Black Hawk Down and Gladiator, translates
Eric Garcia’s book about a neurotic con man into a compelling film.
Roy Waller (Nicholas Cage) is the obsessive-compulsive grifter.
He’s told he has a daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), by the
pregnant wife he divorced 14 years ago, finds and meets her in front of
Venice High School, and the relationship changes his life.
A sometimes funny, sometimes touching caper film with plenty of
surprises. Deserving of Oscar
nominations to Scott, Cage, Lohman, and screenwriter Ted Griffin.