American Psycho

American Psycho

Mary Harron (2000)

97min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Director Mary Harron fought tooth and nail for Christian Bale to play Bret Easton Ellis's smooth yuppie killer (Leonardo DiCaprio was the studio's choice), and her decision is totally vindicated in this dark comedy drama. Bale is brilliant, boasting a flawless American accent and an impressively sculptured physique as the wealthy, successful and psychopathic Patrick Bateman. Despite the novel's skin-crawling reputation, most of the violence takes place off-screen. Moreover, the film's satirical swipes at the materialistic 1980s provide laughs amid the carnage, as does Bale's cheesy, game-show host delivery of Bateman's eccentric cultural observations. Aside from a graphic threesome, this is an admirably restrained adaptation, although its cold, aloof tone somehow lessens the impact of Bateman's actions.

Summary

A financier in 1980s New York tries desperately to present an image of success and outshine his peers in the business world, while secretly committing horrific acts of rape, torture and murder for his own enjoyment. His carefully ordered life begins to unravel when a detective investigates his crimes. Satirical drama based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel, starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe and Reese Witherspoon.

Cast & Crew

Patrick Bateman Christian Bale
Donald Kimball Willem Dafoe
Evelyn Williams Reese Witherspoon
Paul Allen Jared Leto
Jean Chloe Sevigny
Craig McDermott Josh Lucas
Courtney Rawlinson Samantha Mathis
Timothy Bryce Justin Theroux
Director Mary Harron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy