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Siskoid's avatar


I don't think I liked The Grifters. It stars John Cusack as a small-time short con operator with an Oedipal complex (not my favorite dynamic, ick), Anjelica Huston as his mother who works a racket with the mob, and Annette Bening as a long con operator who uses sex as a weapon and is currently slumming it as his girlfriend. It's got some interesting cons going, but turns into a brutal thriller that doesn't sit well within the genre, and I wish I understood what Huston was doing at the track, but I just don't. The movie doesn't do a good job of explaining it, which it should considering the amount of time spent on it. And then there's Benning falling out of her clothes every few minutes. It's not necessary. The overall effect is the creation of an interesting drama about the relationships between untrusting, damaged hustlers, but its third act turn wastes the first two's potential on shock noir. I get that it's trying to be grittier and in a way more realistic than most movies about grifters, but heightened melodrama is its own kind of irreality, and I think that line is definitely crossed.
6 years 2 months ago
Torgo's avatar


Fantastic characters in a not fully fantastic film. What the story lacks, the acting and directing make up for.
1 year 5 months ago
Asiklassi's avatar


Who is a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
7 years 9 months ago
monty's avatar


You know about the oranges, don't you?
10 years 4 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


A good movie, a debut of the genre
12 years 6 months ago
sallyfinch's avatar


Worth watching only for Annette Benning's naked body. I didn't make it to the end anyway.
14 years ago
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