The dynamic duo that are Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) have written and directed this tale of light fingers, love, lies and trust. A fun romp that has a serious side to it in parts but keeps you glued to your seat, it’s popcorn (other film-watching snacks are available) time folks.
Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith, After Earth) is a lonely con man sat in a posh hotel. Feeling hungry he tries to book a table but it is booked up for a month in advance. However, that isn’t a problem for a man like Nicky and he is soon eating his meal and people watching. That’s when he spots a young woman being harassed by the guy she is with and she makes a move toward Nicky getting him to pretend that he is her friend to get the other guy off her.
She introduces herself as Jess (Margot Robbie, About Time) and they hit it off when Nicky points out that he was playing along to suss out her moves as he had spotted that she had lifted the other guys wallet, but it isn’t until her partner in crime busts into the suite upstairs that he reveals that he was professionally curious and he was in a winning situation.
Later he follows Jess and gives her a proper demonstration of how to be light fingered around a “Mark”. Then Nicky is off to New Orleans in time for the week of the XVII Superbowl. He meets up with Horst (Brennan Brown, Detatchment) one of the main members of the team he puts together when there is a lot of money to be made. His friend of ten years Farhad (Adrian Martinez, American Hustle) is also on the team and is a main member, as the team are to target everybody that is out to have a good time in the lead up to the big game.
Jess tracks down Nicky and is adamant that she wants to join the team, so Nicky puts her to a test and then she will be in. With flying colours she excels at the task. Now the hard work begins as she learns how it is done big time.
Wallets, watches, cameras, purses, bags and even trousers none are safe from them as they go around New Orleans lightening the load of countless visitors and residents.
But how do you know what a con artist is thinking when it is them that lead you? Can you trust a con man or woman where love is concerned?
There is a lot more to this film but I don’t want to put any spoilers so, it’s a great story with a good twist at the end that keeps you gripped all the way through. With supporting cast of BD Wong, Jurassic World, Gerald McRaney, The A-Team, Rodrigo Santoro, 300: Rise of an Empire, Robert Taylor, Rogue. And the Con Artist Adviser/ Pick Pocket Design Appollo Robins, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.