The Convincer (Thin Ice) (2012)

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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. -- (C) Official Site
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R (for language, and brief violent and sexual content)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Mickey Prohaska
Alan Arkin
as Gorvy Hauer
Bob Balaban
as Leonard Dahl
Lea Thompson
as Jo Ann Prohaska
David Harbour
as Bob Egan
Michelle Arthur
as Karla Gruenke
John Paul Gamoke
as Man at Coffee Shop
Scott Crouch
as Casino Emcee
Peter Moore
as Phil Peters
Michelle Hutchison
as Judy Vandenhoevel
Jim Detmar
as Glen Vandenhoevel
Michael Paul Levin
as Chuck Stankel
Kathryn Lawrey
as Hotel Clerk
Joe Minjares
as Hotel Manager
Peter Thoemke
as Frank Richie
Alan Johnson
as Bill Morton
Alec George
as Shane
Tony Papenfuss
as Buckhorn Bartender
Sue Scott
as Bank Teller
Terry Hempleman
as Dick Zimmer
Chris Carlson
as Don Schmidt
John Elsen
as Patrol Cop
Gary Groomes
as Traveler
Isabell Monk
as Samaritan
Wayne Morton
as The Real Gorvy
Peggy O'Connell
as The Real Gorvy's Wife
Johnny Hagen
as Buckhorn Bar Patron
Gibson
as Pete the Dog
Didja
as Pete the Dog
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Critic Reviews for The Convincer (Thin Ice)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (22)

It's just a little slow getting started.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Washington Post
Top Critic

The movie never fully clicks.

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
Boston Globe
Top Critic

As a caustic comedy, "Thin Ice" resides just slightly south of "Fargo."

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

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."

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Detroit News
Top Critic

There's nothing like the macabre to bring intrigue to an ordinary life, and nothing like the logistics of body disposal to challenge an insurance salesman.

Full Review… | February 22, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

If only the film were as good as Kinnear.

Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Newsday
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Audience Reviews for The Convincer (Thin Ice)

At a convention, Mickey Prohaska(Greg Kinnear), an insurance salesman, not only loses his shirt and money, but also his wallet which turns up quickly. All of which only adds to the problems he has been having lately, including with his wife(Lea Thompson). At least, he hires Bob(David Harbour) who seems promising enough and quickly shows that when he signs Gorvy(Alan Arkin) to a policy which might have to be increased when Leonard Dahl(Bob Balban) stops by to value a very valuable violin in Gorvy's possession. "Thin Ice" is a prime example of filmmakers not being as smart as they think are, nor having any true idea as to the tone they are going after. Therefore, you are left with a very good cast in search of any kind of direction. In any case, Greg Kinnear seems like too nice a guy to play such a heel and even Billy Crudup cannot pick up the slack. In the end, you know are in big trouble if Alan Arkin can make no difference at all.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Mildly entertaining. Decent twist at the end...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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