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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... Nicky
Margot Robbie ... Jess
Adrian Martinez ... Farhad
Gerald McRaney ... Owens
Rodrigo Santoro ... Garriga
BD Wong ... Liyuan
Brennan Brown ... Horst
Robert Taylor ... McEwen
Dotan Bonen Dotan Bonen ... Gordon
Griff Furst ... Gareth
Stephanie Honoré ... Janice
David Stanford ... Drunken Stranger
Dominic Fumusa ... Jared
Steve Kim ... Liyuan’s Bodyguard
Don Yesso ... Card Player / Football Coach
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Never lose focus See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Argentina

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fokus See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,685,137, 1 March 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$53,862,963

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,062,963
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film to feature Will Smith and Margot Robbie. The second is Suicide Squad (2016). See more »

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When Farhad arrives to Buenos Aires and talks to Jess about being a lesbian, she holds a white cup on her right hand. Immediately after Farhad says that "every time she speaks he smells vagina", Jess isn't holding the cup anymore, but it reappears in the next cut. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Projector: Focus/Maps to the Stars (2015) See more »

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Anything You Want (Not That)
(Aldo Vannucci Presents The Cinnamon Kings Remix)
Written by Kathrin Wollermann, Richard Carr and Tim Godwin
Performed by Belleruche
Courtesy of Tru Thoughts Recordings
By arrangement with Third Side America
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Full of swagger... and convoluted plot twists.
5 March 2015 | by Troy_CampbellSee 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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