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Focus (2015)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  27 February 2015 (USA)
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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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's about distraction. It's about focus. The brain is slow and it can't multitask. Tap him here, take from there. See more »


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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Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fokus  »

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$50,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$18,685,137 (USA) (27 February 2015)


$53,846,915 (USA) (1 May 2015)

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Someone makes a joke to Jess about Australians being untrustworthy. Margot Robbie is Australian. See more »


The stake in "double or quits", as used in the superbowl scene, should not be twice the previous stake, it's the same as the previous stake. Being $X down, another stake of $X will leave you either $2X down on loss (double), or $0 down on victory (quits). Were the new stake to be twice, you'd end up either $3X down, or $X up. Both characters are inveterate gamblers, so shouldn't muddle their terminology so. See more »


Nicky: I can convince anyone of anything. I once convinced a man that an empty warehouse was the federal reserve, so I'm good.
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) See more »


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Well centered but unintelligent in approach
14 March 2015 | by (Great Britain) – See all my reviews

The title "Focus" had potential among the quantitatively declining Con- Artist genre. Although brilliantly centered and set up with a decent cast and setting - the execution of intelligent criminal activity was poor and often justifying or explaining trickery and illusion as "he's just so good at it." - failing to satisfy the audience with an insight into the brilliance that is a con-centered plan.

I love heist movies. I love intricate con movies. I love crime movies and I'm sad to say this doesn't really come close to fitting anywhere between those genres best and brightest. Instead you're left feeling slightly amused, slightly tired, slightly relieved that it's over but kind of happy you saw it anyway - I dread to think how badly this movie would have been were it not for will smith.

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