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American Psycho

Comedy movie directed by Mary Harron

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"I have to return some videotapes."

  • Oct 1, 2005
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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 Psycho" is set in New York in 1987. It revolves around Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale), a very successful lawyer who may be getting married to Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon), is having an affair with Courtney (Samantha Mathis), and is the object of his secretary's (Chloe Sevigny) affections. But unbeknownst to his so-called "friends" and co-workers, Patrick is a killer who strikes almost at random. And now a clever detective (Willem Dafoe) is investigating the murder of one of Patrick's victims. Will Patrick get caught?

The film is adapted from Bret Easton Ellis' bestselling novel, which caused quite a controversy when it was first released. "American Psycho" the film, like the book, is about two things: one, Patrick Bateman and the murders; and two, the self-absorbed society of the 80's. Because it's set in the 80's, it has a great soundtrack, and it makes the movie much more fun.

Mary Harron's directing is wonderful. During daytime scenes, the film seems bright and shiny, almost as though it were an adaptation of a Jane Austen novel. Then there's the nighttime scenes - dark, grim, with a texture like charcoal. Harron enhances the film immensely.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the film is Christian Bale. Bale's performance in this film is one of the greatest I have ever seen in my life. He BECOMES the character. It blew me away. He can be mean, angry, suave, and damn funny. The rest of the cast is good, but Bale is absolutely spectacular.

While I can't recommend this film to everybody, I would suggest that if you don't mind the occasional blood and are looking for a humorous film, pick this one up. Entertaining, dramatic, absorbing, funny, well-made, and with a terrific ending. "American Psycho" is without a doubt one of the year's best.

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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
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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 …
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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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