David Mamet’s witty tale of a therapist and best-selling author who must confront her own obsessions when she meets an attractive cardsharp is as psychologically acute as it is full of twists and turns, a rich character study told with the cold calculation of a career criminal.
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What a pity that such a great story and a first class script together with a fabulous performance by Joe Mantegna is compromised by Lindsay Crouse sleepwalking instead of acting. This could have and should have been a 5 star movie.
All the twists and turns were quite predictable but the way this movie concluded was nonetheless shocking. One of the more strangely cathartic but also quite fucked up scenes. Otherwise good performances all around and an amusing way to engage with "serious" themes that are so often overwrought on the silver screen.
Of mild historical interest because it's Mamet's directorial début. The plot turns on a supposedly brilliant con man's con of a supposedly brilliant psychiatrist. Not a bad set-up but the film's devoid of the trappings of intelligence that (I imagine) would be so fun to construct (thinking of "Eroica" in Five Easy Pieces, the silly memory tricks in Good Will Hunting).
It was fun, but I could also see it coming from a mile away. It also takes a very spectacular actor (and they exist) to pull off Mamet's direction to be wooden and dry. The two leads can't pull it off. Mike needs to be convincing and charismatic – if this guy existed in real life, he'd be a bad con artist. No one would believe him. Fun, but not fun enough.
considering the year it was made, can be kinda milestone. worths a remake in fact.
good dtory, average acting, frozen gestures, kinda noir atmosphere.
truely worths watching, for whom wants to take the darker streets of themselves.