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American Psycho

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2000
  • Mary Harron
  • 97 mins
  • 18

Summary

Satirical black comedy, based on the controversial bestseller by Bret Easton Ellis, starring Christian Bale. 1980s America: corporate executive Patrick Bateman is wealthy, handsome and narcissistic. He has the latest designer clothes, a pristine apartment and the obligatory perfect girlfriend. However, he also likes to kill...

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Patrick BatemanChristian Bale
Donald KimballWillem Dafoe
Paul AllenJared Leto
Evelyn WilliamsReese Witherspoon
Courtney RawlinsonSamantha Mathis
JeanChloë Sevigny
Timothy BryceJustin Theroux
Craig McDermottJosh Lucas
ElizabethGuinevere Turner

Crew

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DirectorMary Harron

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2000-04-21
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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