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Focus (2015)

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In the midst of veteran con man Nicky's latest scheme, a woman from his past - now an accomplished femme fatale - shows up and throws his plans for a loop.
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Nicky Spurgeon is an extremely accomplished con man who takes an amateur con artist, Jess, under his wing. Nicky and Jess become romantically involved, and with Nicky's profession of being a liar and a cheater for a living, he realizes that deception and love are things that don't go together. They split, only to see each other three years later... And things get messy.

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Never Drop The Con. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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27 February 2015 (USA)  »

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Fokus  »

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$50,100,000 (estimated)

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$18,685,137 (USA) (1 March 2015)

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$53,862,963 (USA)
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In the scene where Margot Robbie is being taught in downtown New Orleans, sleight-of-hand artist Apollo Robbins can be seen at the beginning of this scene in the background. See more »

Goofs

The model of the Citroën changes in the last scenes. A late 90's Citroën Berlingo is driving by in the first shot in the post-shooting getaway, but when the car pulls up (and "Mellow's" father takes all of the money) the car's clearly a much more recent model. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: You are not going to slap my face, are you?
Jess: Why?
Nicky: You would if you knew where my hand was.
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Featured in Masters of Misdirection: The Players in a Con (2015) See more »

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Let Me Go Home, Whiskey
Written by John Willie Henry
Performed by Snooks Eaglin
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
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Full of swagger... and convoluted plot twists.
5 March 2015 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

If ever there was a movie that should use LMFAO's "I'm Sexy and I Know It" as its theme song, this is it. Full of swagger and sizzle, this glossy thriller amps up the sex appeal all the way to boiling hot, even when the other cinematic elements can't quite keep up. What stops this from becoming 2015's Thomas Crowne Affair (the racy McQueen / Dunaway original, not the ho-hum Brosnan / Russo remake) is the convoluted script from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who also take on directing duties. Their con-within-a-con-within-a-con plot is so cumbersome and complicated that the last act becomes a slog to get through. The nonsensical finale all but confirming just how far the twisted storyline had spiralled out of the filmmaker's control. Yet for all of its narrative flaws – which also includes an abundance of con-artist clichés – there is still an enthusiasm and seductiveness to the proceedings that primarily keeps it fun. There are a few amusing sleight of hand sequences, a streak of raunchy humour, and an abundance of only-in-our-wildest-dreams glitz and glamour that successfully adheres to the tried and tested formula of the genre. And then, of course, you also have the ridiculously attractive leading duo of Will Smith and Margot Robbie, together sharing a saucy chemistry in a relationship that sees the power dynamic continuously ebb and flow between them. A more, umm, focused screenplay could have leant the film a lasting influence, as is Focus offers enjoyable in-the-moment popcorn thrills that will be quickly forgotten.


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