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American Psycho (2000)
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Review Date: April 10, 2000
Director: Mary Harron
Writer: Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner
Producers: E. Pressman, C. Hanley, C. Solomon
Actors:
Christian Bale
Willem Dafoe
Reese Witherspoon
Samantha Mathis
Chloe Sevigny
Jared Leto
Plot:
Patrick Bateman is a typical Wall Street yuppie who worries more about what brand of suit to wear in the morning, than he does about hurting anyone's feelings with his contemptuous attitude. Well...actually, there is one thing that does set him apart from the rest of his ilk...Patrick also has an uncontrollable desire to kill people. And did I mention that he loves 80s pop music?
Critique:
Sick. Funny. Horrific. Charming. Unsettling. A delight. A film that can have you laughing out loud one minute, and freezing up horribly the next. A definite original, one that should have people talking for some time to come, and most definitely not for everyone! I loved the humor in this film, I loved the many great lines in this film, I even loved the whole point of the film, about a time and place in our society in which people and material objects transcended one another and became one in the same. And with materialism, greed and objectification running rampant, what is a guy like Patrick Bateman to do? Well, he essentially does what everyone in that world was doing from day to day...hiding their secrets on the inside, while maintaining a mask of serenity on the outs. The only problem with Patrick is that his "secret" is just a little more damaging than that of anyone else. Yeesh...is it ever! But if there's one reason to see this movie, one reason that I would have to pick to see this movie again, and one reason why the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio just seems totally ludicrous right now (even though he is a great actor in his own right)...two words...Christian Bale.

I hope that this film will catapult this solid thespian to greater heights, cause he doesn't just play the role of Patrick Bateman in this movie...he becomes it! A wonderful caricature of an intelligent, charming, outgoing man teetering on the brink of insanity. His look, his clothes, his eyes, his smile, his sweat, his toned body...Christian conquers this character's sardonic manner, his abundant charisma and most definitely...his killer instinct. If it sounds like I'm in love with Mr. Bale, well, you may be right (not that there's anything wrong with that). Simply an awesome performance...nominate the guy for something, for God's sakes! Of course, the story itself really isn't a story as much it is a slice-of-life movie featuring one really bizarre character head-tripping through some very odd situations in his life. I enjoyed the performances, which were all blessed by a tongue and cheek, loved the directing, Harron showing the world that she is more than a one-trick pony, and in the end, I was simply entertained and excited by the entire film. I guess you can't really ask for more than that when seeing a movie, right?

Add to that the fact that the ending is kind of ambiguous (but in a good way), the powerhouse performance by Christian Bale and the many, many funny lines and over-the-top sexual situations, and this film is a complete success on its own terms. Of course, it also manages to offset much of that humor with a few pretty gruesome moments with respect to Patrick's dirty little secret, a task handled quite admirably, it must be said. And for all you poor saps who've apparently been robbed of a 10-second bit during one of the film's menage-a-trois sequences, well, let me just say from the perspective of someone who did see the missing snippet (I'm Canadian, eh!)...no big fuss, folks. Just a guy doggying a girl in front of a mirror. You gotta love that MPAA! "Harumph....no, no, no...we can't have this sexual position in the movie...it's disgraceful!! What...a decapitated head in the refrigerator? Oh, that's no problem...that could stay."

A very cool satire featuring one messed up dude portrayed splendidly by one awesome actor.
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2:34AM on 12/31/2006

holy crap bateman

this is just a great masterpiece brought to earth. i was pissed that it wasnt in the 1001 movies you should see before you die. bale plays it like theres no tommorow they need to bring him back and make the x rated version from the book. cause i read the book and that shit is just crazy!!!!!!
this is just a great masterpiece brought to earth. i was pissed that it wasnt in the 1001 movies you should see before you die. bale plays it like theres no tommorow they need to bring him back and make the x rated version from the book. cause i read the book and that shit is just crazy!!!!!!
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8:31AM on 05/03/2006

Hewy LewisRules!

L.O.V.E. this movie to death. I show this movie to all my friends and after watching it they look at me with a "whatthe hell did we just watch" face. Some get it, some dont and thats ok.

10 outta10 baby.
L.O.V.E. this movie to death. I show this movie to all my friends and after watching it they look at me with a "whatthe hell did we just watch" face. Some get it, some dont and thats ok.

10 outta10 baby.
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6:51PM on 02/03/2006

this should get an oscar

i've read the book which is much gory than this. but lets push out the wild,crazy scenes and talk about how well the charater is. Bale talk,act,looks and everything else seemed like Bateman in the book. but the writing is amazing. one of the best.
i've read the book which is much gory than this. but lets push out the wild,crazy scenes and talk about how well the charater is. Bale talk,act,looks and everything else seemed like Bateman in the book. but the writing is amazing. one of the best.
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2:59AM on 01/27/2006

God this movie is Good

To say only one of the best movies of the year is not enough, this is simply one of the greatest movies ever. Christian Bale, oh let me count the ways how I do love you in this movie. Bale is one of the very few actors who imbody his character, I mean he was Patrick Bateman.

Not only did Mary Harron capture the dark girttyness, but also to ingenious satire of the book, and like a mondern DaVinci brought this masterpiece to life on screen as it should be, a great piece of american
To say only one of the best movies of the year is not enough, this is simply one of the greatest movies ever. Christian Bale, oh let me count the ways how I do love you in this movie. Bale is one of the very few actors who imbody his character, I mean he was Patrick Bateman.

Not only did Mary Harron capture the dark girttyness, but also to ingenious satire of the book, and like a mondern DaVinci brought this masterpiece to life on screen as it should be, a great piece of american cinema.

So all I can say is this is a must see and a must own for anyones movie collection.
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4:50PM on 12/28/2005
this movie is quite awsome, but i wish he handt killed that dog. i hate it when animals are harmed. i know its odd but thats myu opinion
this movie is quite awsome, but i wish he handt killed that dog. i hate it when animals are harmed. i know its odd but thats myu opinion
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11:25AM on 12/15/2005

This Movie Kicks Ass

This Movie Rules!!! Its The Best Movie Of 2000. I Watch This Movie All The Time And Still Get Lost.
I JUST HAVE TO KILL ALOT OF PEOPLE
This Movie Rules!!! Its The Best Movie Of 2000. I Watch This Movie All The Time And Still Get Lost.
I JUST HAVE TO KILL ALOT OF PEOPLE
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