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The Bret Easton Ellis novelAmerican Psycho, a dark, violent satire of the "me" culture of Ronald Reagan's 1980s, is certainly one of the most controversial books of the '90s, and that notoriety fueled its bestseller status. This smart, savvy adaptation by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) may be able to ride the crest of the notoriety; prior to the film's release, Harron fought a ratings battle (ironically, for depictions of sex rather than violence), but at the time the director stated, "We're rescuing [the book] from its own bad reputation." Harron and co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) overcome many of the objections of Ellis's novel by keeping the most extreme violence offscreen (sometimes just barely), suggesting the reign of terror of yuppie killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) with splashes of blood and personal souvenirs. Bale is razor sharp as the blank corporate drone, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial. Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship and soul-sapping small talk, but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. The film's approach to this mayhem is simultaneously shocking and discreet; even Bateman's outrageous naked charge with a chainsaw is most notable for the impossibly polished and gleaming instrument of death. Harron's film is a hilarious, cheerfully insidious hall of mirrors all pointed inward, slowly cracking as the portrait becomes increasingly grotesque and insane.--Sean Axmaker
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CastChristian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Matt Ross, Chloƫ Sevigny, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Bill Sage
DirectorMary Harron
Genre:  Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Release Date:  April 14, 2000
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterGuinevere Turner, Mary Harron
Runtime:  1hr 37min
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review by . July 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I first saw this when I was in high school circa 2000.  At the time I was very much interested in living in New York City after having visited four times.  I also had a nostalgia for 1980's fashion and extravagance.  This movie is all the best of 80's opulence.  Do not watch this movie if you have a weak stomach or are sensitive to violence, because there is plenty of gore and violence in it.  Christian Bale does a wonderful job of conveying the self absorbed, narcissistic …
Quick Tip by . October 22, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
You can uncut it, recut it, rearrange it, but no matter what you do, the story still sucks. The only way to fix it is just to forget it.
review by . April 27, 2009
American Psycho is a remarkable film that stars Christian Bale who plays a reserved rich kid who's has an easy do nothing job in his father's company. He spends his days doodling, hanging with his co-workers and buying business cards. His nights are spent expressing his unusual dark side. Just how whacked and crazy does he get? You'll have to watch the film or read the book because it's all too telling.     Christian Bale did a fantastic job at mimicking Tom Cruise …
review by . August 12, 2007
Pros: Christian Bale is always fun to watch     Cons: Almost the entire movie     Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. After watching American Psycho over the course of two evenings, I had to ask myself why? Why was such a film made? What started out as a rather engaging look into the mind of a sociopath ended up more like a weird video game than a movie headlining staring a talent like Christian Bale (The Machinist, Batman …
review by . May 14, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
I've finally caught a full viewing of the "American Psycho" because every time it came on TV I would usually catch it towards the end then turn it off. First I must say I found the title somewhat misleading as I fully expected it to be another slasher flick, but it's actually a psychological thriller with a dash of satire.    Christian Bale, as Patrick Bateman, gives a striking performance as a young, wealthy Wall Street yuppie, representing corporate America in the 1980's, where …
review by . October 01, 2005
I remember when "American Psycho" came out on DVD. I was in fourth grade, and not a huge fan of horror movies. I instantly decided that I would never watch the film, because it looked like a stupid slasher flick. Then, a few months ago, I saw Christian Bale in "Batman Begins" and thought he was fantastic. I looked up "American Psycho" on the IMDb and it was rated pretty high. So I thought, what the hey, I'll give it a try.    I'm mighty glad that I did.    "American …
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