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Movie Review: Focus

Will Smith is about to pull his big con in "Focus", the latest from the creators of "Crazy, Stupid, Love."

Will Smith is about to pull his big con in “Focus”, the latest “rom-com-con” movie from Glenn Ficara and John Requa, the creators of “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

In 2007, Entertainment Weekly listed Will Smith as one of the smartest celebrities in Hollywood. From The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Independence Day to Men in Black, how can anyone not love this guy? He’s one of those actors who can be really funny at one point, and very charming the next. In his latest film, Focus, he plays Nicky Spurgeon, a veteran con artist (a perfect role for him) who teaches an amateur Jess (the lovely Margot Robbie, The Wolf of Wall Street) the art of conning. They go from New Orleans to Buenos Aires to pull their cons. They quickly become attracted to each other, but there is a problem: Are they really in love or is their relationship part of the con?

Nicky’s scheme is about to become dangerous than he actually thought.

Despite losing its steam near the end and the formulaic story, Focus is a good little film that is funny, steamy, and tense. Will Smith and Margot Robbie have great chemistry together. And it’s fun to watch them pull these cons, especially in one insane scene during a football game at the Superdome in New Orleans. There are enough twists and turns and exquisite cinematography to carry through. Focus might not become a classic, but I’m glad I saw it.

3/4

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