Wednesday, October 26, 2011

American Psycho (2000)

Synopsis: Wall Street hotshot snorts cocaine, beds hot chicks and destroys lives – but what else is new?

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a young, handsome, Harvard educated, Wall Street success, seemingly perfect with his stunning fiancée (Reese Witherspoon) and entourage of high-powered friends. But his circle of friends doesn’t know the other Patrick Bateman, the one who lusts for more than status and material things.”

What Did I Learn?: If I ever work in the financial services industry, I’ll ask for the plainest and crappiest business cards I can get.

Really?: Well, there is a scene where Batman – oops, Bateman – blows up a couple of police cars with a few well-placed pistol shots, but that could be taken as evidence the killings only occurred in his head.

Rating: American Psycho is a dark satire of Wall Street’s greedy amorality; Bernie Madoff and Ken Lay might not have killed anyone, but it’s not a stretch to think they probably wouldn’t care that much about Bateman’s after-hours activities if he was bringing in a ton of cash every week. The film provides more than a few good laughs, and Bale gives a memorable performance (although I couldn’t help thinking he was channelling Jim Carrey the entire time), but it’s difficult to watch scene-after-gruesome-scene of him behaving either as a homicidal maniac or as a first-class douche. 7/10 stars.

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