By Don Morton
April 29, 2015
Slick romantic comedy has professional con man Will Smith taking under his wing—and bedcovers—a lovely rookie (Margot Robbie) in whom he sees real talent. There’s a wonderful montage early on, in which the picking of pockets is demonstrated.
But don’t be expecting The Sting. There’s a point of diminishing returns in a caper flick when too many double-crosses and rug-pulls turn into just jacking around an audience, and we lose focus. Far be it from me to dampen Smith’s shot at a long-awaited return to box office royalty (Hitch, 2005), but while this is amiable and diverting, we’re still waiting. (105 min)