Wednesday, 31 March 2010

The Grifters (1990)

Tagline: Seduction, Betrayal. Murder. Who's conning who?
Cusack plays: Roy Dillon, small-time conman.

Moving into a new decade brings this tale of a con man and the complicated threesome (no not that kind - although there are some slightly unsettling undertones) relationship he has with his mother and girlfriend (also con artists). Anjelica Huston plays Cusack's estranged mum, having had him as a teen. Initially I thought, well she's much older than him, that's a bit of a stretch. But actually she's only 15 years older. Sorry Anjelica for thinking you to be ancient.

I can appreciate certain features of this, but it just didn't really grab and engage me enough. All the characters have 'issues' and Cusack is a bit of a bastard - hitting women! There's violence, there's nudity, and I'm tempted to try the trick with the $20 when next buying drinks.

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