NEVER DROP THE CON.
Con man Nicky Spurgeon (Will Smith) takes on an inexperienced grifter (Margot Robbie) and teaches her what he knows… but things become too complicated for him when he falls in love with her. After making I Love You Phillip Morris (2010), the directing duo told another story about a con man. Gets off to a promising start, with attractive performances by the two stars who seem well suited for the film’s swank locations. Not a bad story, but after a key betrayal the film starts over and introduces twists that try our patience, ending in a weak climax.
2015-U.S. 105 min. Color. Written and directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa. Cast: Will Smith (Nicky Spurgeon), Margot Robbie (Jess Barrett), Rodrigo Santoro (Garriga), Gerald McRaney, B.D. Wong, Robert Taylor.
Trivia: Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were allegedly first considered for the leads.