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||Christian Bale, William Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon
||Don't even think, or have the slightest inkling,
to bring anyone under, well, anyone young.
||This might be a better movie to see solo.
||Yup, it has it!
||It's about a
killer. Yes, I would consider it violent, and very
||No action really.
||Mostly because it was so over the top.
||Any of the killing scenes.
||Too long to write down, but anytime Patrick is
giving his spiel about pop music.
||Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley, Christian
Sometimes a movie is spooky-scary, sometimes a movie is
gory-scary, and sometimes a movie is just so over the top
that it can be more like a comedy than the shocker it is
supposed to be. Such was my feeling after seeing "American
A Movie Review
"American Psycho" is adapted from a novel that is
supposedly even more twisted than the movie. I wouldnt
know, I never read it. But this is what I do know. "American
Psycho" looks good, Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman almost
inspires me to get up and do 1000 crunches in the morning,
buy some girly facial products, be glad I wasnt on
Wall Street during the eighties, and from now on, whenever I
hear some Huey Lewis and the News or Phil Collins, the only
image in my head will be of and axe wielding psycho or a
I guess the easiest way to put the synopsis is something
like this Like I said, Christian Bale plays Patrick
Bateman. Hes a Wall Street kind of dude in the
eighties. Simple enough. But the dude is nuts. I dont
mean sits all day and talks to imaginary people or is
classified as what most people would consider nuts, Im
talking this dude has too many cards in his deck, and most
of those extras have to do with popular music. The problem
with these extra cards they make him need to kill
So, youve got this Wall Street dude, lunching with
his Wall Street buddies, all playing the "Im better
than you" game by flashing business cards and telling which
restaurant they could get into, but Patrick takes it another
step further by hacking up his friends and women. Alright,
so the guy is psycho, and I guess maybe to be totally psycho
it has to be way over the top, but can you keep a straight
face and not chuckle when our hero is running down an
apartment hallway, butt-naked, wielding a chainsaw, chasing
his next victim. I just laughed. And maybe thats the
problem with "American Psycho," maybe its just too
over the top to be shocking. Sure, it was interested to hear
Patrick recite his reviews of some of the top hits of the
eighties as he gets ready to behead a victim or two, how
underrated some of the earlier work of Huey Lewis was or how
Phil Collins really came into his own after he went solo,
but it was just so bizarre that I wasnt freaked out by
it, and just couldnt wait to see how our hero would
take out his next victim (I was really looking forward to
the nail gun through the head damn phone call!).
Is "American Psycho" a good movie. I would say it is
interesting. It looks good, Christian Bale plays the calm,
cool, collected psycho in a way that almost makes being a
psycho a cool option, and it does try to touch on how stupid
power brokers on Wall Street can act to the rest of us, but
it could have been more shocking by maybe being less
shocking. I dont know if that made any sense, but I
was just more entertained than shocked, whether that was the
intention or not.
"American Psycho" gives a movie with a lot of quality
kills, some quality sex, and a new look at popular music in
the eighties. It also made me laugh. On a normal scale I
would have given "American Psycho" about 2 stars, but add in
the triad off kills, sex, and eighties music, well,
lets nock that up a few notches to 4 stars out of 5.
So over the top it was funny, I wasnt really sure if I
wasted my money or got my moneys worth. But it did
leave an image.
Thats it for this one! Im The Dude on the