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American Psycho

Comedy movie directed by Mary Harron

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  • May 14, 2007
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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 he and his peers are obsessed with getting into the trendiest restaurants and which of them possess the finest business cards. They all have the same haircut and wear the same business suits, rendering them nearly interchangeable and making for frequent cases of mistaken identity.

Bateman, whose idea of foreplay is pontificating on the merits of his favorite 1980's songs, is disgusted with his fellow man's lust for material status and conformity. Lacking emotion, he acts on impulse and murders co-workers and clueless prostitutes while maintaining the facade of shallow, materialistic conformity. Unfortunately, the shallow lifestyle is the very thing that leaves him feeling empty inside and provokes the killings.

The conclusion of the film leaves it to the audience to determine whether Bateman actually murdered anyone or if he merely fantasized the killings. Perhaps it was yet another case of mistaken identity, one which allowed Bateman to get away with murder. Of course American Psycho II (which I saw before part one) answers the question of whether or not he was a murderer. The movie was violent, but not as much of the book. However, I think blood and gore would have taken away from the overall satire of the film by turning it into a campy horror movie. The film had a not-so-clear subtext: The absurdity of the killer's actions and motives equal that of the rich, corporate, snob's. Directed by a woman, American Psycho is a thought-provoking study of the inner workings of a dark and twisted mind. It's a good one to watch especially for the price that Amazon is placing it for.

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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 …
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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 . 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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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 ...
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Director: Mary Harron
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Release Date: April 14, 2000
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Guinevere Turner, Mary Harron
Runtime: 1hr 37min
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