Focus Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Focus

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong violence, sex scenes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Got a light touch.

  • Starring:

    Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez, Gerald McRaney, Rodrigo Santoro, BD Wong, Brennan Brown, Robert Taylor

  • Directed by:

    Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, pickpocketed, scammed, bitten (playful), dragged, gagged, near-choked, threatened at gunpoint, headlocked. Dangerous driving, car crash, damaged vehicles, car theft. Stolen property. Serial killer, man killing his grandfather, cut throat mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: Bloody bullet wound, punctured lung, bleeding. Bloody foreheads/cut/bandage. Object inserted into skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man has sex with a prostitute, men cheat on their wives. Couples have (mostly implied) sex. Kissing, undressing. Skimpy clothing, swimwear, cleavage, shirtless men, men in underwear, woman in bra/nightgown. Infidelity. Boob jobs mentioned. Sexual banter/gestures/innuendo. References to sexual acts (oral sex, homosexuality).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, champagne, beer, cocktails). Intoxication. Bar setting. Gambling (racetrack, sport, cards etc). Roofies, alcoholism mentioned. Smoking (cigar, cigarettes).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Derogatory terms for women. Slang for genitals. Racial references. Gender stereotypes. Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Con artists, apprentices, stealing, pickpocketing, gambling, addiction, relationships, scams, Mardi Gras, identity theft, card-skimming, selling data, stolen goods, trust, betrayal, corruption, losers, motor racing, lies, fathers, double crosses.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased grandfather, cancer, tumour, foster kid mentioned. Heart attack scene, relationship breakup. Horses. High aerial cinematography.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Fizzy, slick, slippery, fun, unpredictable, light, sturdy, likeable, watchable, twisty, glossy, luxurious, breezy, amusing, escapist. Good performances, good chemistry between leads, great sequence starring BD Wong, scene-stealing supporting cast, lively/tense cons, stunning cinematography.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Frustrating, preposterous, slipshod, unfunny, woeful. Vague/undescriptive title, Will Smith is a little too reserved/bored/uninspired, cons are too effortless/choreographed/implausible, hard to care about characters who steal, erratic tone, convoluted script, aimless talky scenes.

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