“It’s about distraction,” explains Nicky, the con artist played by Will Smith in “Focus,” the consistently entertaining new film by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (“Crazy, Stupid, Love.”). And that’s what the filmmakers do to us, too — they distract us more than once by making us think we’re watching a predictable, even silly story.

Eddie Redmayne, winner of the award for best actor in a leading role for “The Theory of Everything”, attends the Governors Ball after the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The self-obsessed industry might have given its best picture and director prizes to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” a trenchant examination of actorly narcissism, but the vanity seemed to stop with the opening of the envelopes

This image released by RADiUS shows Jeremy Jordan, left, and Anna Kendrick on the set  of "The Last 5 Years," a 95-minute film, which has been adapted and directed by Richard LaGravenese and hits theaters and video on demand Friday. It’s the five-year love affair _ told almost entirely in song _ of aspiring an actress and a budding novelist Jamie, one on the rise and the other finding the going frustrating in mid-1990s New York. (AP Photo/RADiUS, Thomas Concordia)

Only here’s the twist: The woman’s journey starts at its somber conclusion — a Dear Jane letter — and moves backward in time to its sunny early days. The man travels forward in time, and the two meet, chronologically speaking, only in the middle, for a marriage proposal amid the majesty of Manhattan’s Central Park.

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from the film, "Fifty Shades of Grey."  (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

“Our fondest wishes were realized,” said Universal’s President of Domestic Distribution Nick Carpou. “This is one of those moments where I can speak for the entire studio and say we’re celebrating.”

In this image released by Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Dakota Johnson, left, and Jamie Dornan appear in a scene from "Fifty Shades of Grey." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

For the uninitiated, “Fifty Shades of Grey” is about lit student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and her torrid affair with 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). They meet on a lark, when her aspiring journalist roommate gets ill and Anastasia agrees to help out by subbing in to interview the handsome mogul.

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York. Williams is backing out of scheduled appearance on David Letterman’s “Late Show” on Thursday.That news from NBC came Sunday, a day after Williams said he was stepping away from NBC’s “Nightly News” as the network looks into the anchor’s admission that he had told a false story about being on helicopter hit by a grenade while reporting on the Iraq war. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

“This is one of the toughest calls that I’ve ever seen,” said Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University. “On the one hand, the public is right to expect nothing but the truth from our reporters and our news anchors.”