The Convincer (Thin Ice) (2012)
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as Mickey Prohaska
as Gorvy Hauer
as Leonard Dahl
as Jo Ann Prohaska
as Bob Egan
as Karla Gruenke
as Man at Coffee Shop
as Casino Emcee
as Phil Peters
as Judy Vandenhoevel
as Glen Vandenhoevel
as Chuck Stankel
as Hotel Clerk
as Hotel Manager
as Frank Richie
as Bill Morton
as Buckhorn Bartender
as Bank Teller
as Dick Zimmer
as Don Schmidt
as Patrol Cop
as The Real Gorvy
as The Real Gorvy's Wif...
as Buckhorn Bar Patron
as Pete the Dog
as Pete the Dog
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As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo."
At one point you're looking at the screen going, "This makes no sense!" Then after a long conclusionary explanation, you shake your head and say, "I'm still not sure that made much sense."
Thin Ice's troubled production history - the film was famously taken away from director Jill Sprecher and re-edited following its Sundance premiere - can't quite dampen what is, for the most part, an entertaining little comedy/thriller...
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Mildly entertaining. Decent twist at the end...
Greetings from Kenosha, WI! Where Ordinary Folks Can Make a Killing.
Good movie! I really liked this movie. It did remind me of Fargo in some ways and Greg Kinnear was excellent as the bumbling,slightly crooked insurance agent. The film maintains a steady pace, each detail is thoroughly absorbed and clearly never losing sight that its all building up to, not if, but when Mickey will cross the line from white-collar liar to criminal. Although "Thin Ice" is a fascinating take on the relationship between a simple Midwest farmer and convincing insurance man, it is foremost a story of the consequences of lying and when those lies will come back to haunt you. This thoroughly engaging and captivating little tale works from beginning to end. If one were to focus on possible weaknesses it would only be that true to it's Midwestern stylings its not overly flashy Nor particularly gritty compared to slicker studio productions. That being said "Thin Ice" is completely its own film and gives very little to dislike.
Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is a small-time insurance agent looking for a way to jump-start his business, reunite with his estranged wife (Lea Thompson) and escape the frigid Wisconsin weather. This self-proclaimed master of spin believes that salesmanship is about selling a story - all he needs is a sucker willing to buy it. He hits pay dirt with a lonely retired farmer (Alan Arkin) who is sitting on something much bigger than an insurance commission. But Mickey's attempt to con the old man spins out of control when a nosy, unstable locksmith (Billy Crudup) with a volatile temper dramatically ups the stakes, trapping him in a madcap spiral of danger, deceit and double-crossing.
Harmlessly enjoyable and filled with amusing twists and turns, but is pummeled by an twist ending that is way too complex and clever for its own good.
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