- Actors: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper
- Directors: David O. Russell
- Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Digital_copy
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: RestrictedR
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
- Digital Copy Expiration Date: December 31, 2017 (Click here for more information)
- Run Time: 138 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 2,479 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00GMV8M2Y
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,426 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The con is one when scam artists and lovers Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are entrapped by ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) and coerced into participating in a major sting operation which hinges on snaring politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and his associates. Complicating matters is Irving’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), who could bring the whole operation crashing down around them all. From the director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, AMERICAN HUSTLE is outrageously entertaining and one of the most acclaimed films of the year.
Top customer reviews
I enjoyed waiting to see who might show up next and to see how they kept the feel of that day. The outfits were crazy in many ways, colors, styles and the over all look was "This people are over the top" for sure. In the end it was really pretty people doing fairly mean things to each other, but over all it was entertaining.
Once it clicked, I found the movie to be very funny, and I will probably watch it again, because I am sure I missed a lot. There are a lot of sight gags which go by very quickly, but which mesh almost perfectly with the dialogue. Some of the jokes are so subtle that I found myself laughing at things, and the questioning whether they were actually supposed to be jokes. I think that is part of what makes the movie clever though - It is like a Wes Anderson comedy, but vastly more subtle and "mature." One of the scenes in the movie takes a very serious dramatic exchange of dialogue, and overlays it with almost slapstick sight gags to leave the viewer very conflicted about whether to laugh or gasp.
The script is very well executed by all involved. We already know Christian Bale can act, and we finally saw a glimpse of where Jennifer Lawrence is headed with her career. Lawrence's role was written perfectly for her - cautious and minimalist, but poignant nonetheless. Can she really act? It certainly appears so, though I can't help but think that she was at times too reserved in some scenes. This was a movie about big characters with big egos, and Lawrence's character seems to wobble between being bigger than everyone at times, and disappearing into the narrative at other times. I am very excited to see what she does in the near future.
For all the praise for Lawrence, I thought Amy Adams really stole the show. She was sexy, sophisticated, smart and really connected with the viewer. Every line was on-point, and her ability to work massive amounts of context into a 5 word phrase worked perfectly with the deadpan humor. She was the serious counterpoint to Lawrence's fanciful role - not quite the innocent ingenue, but not quite the diabolical con artist, or the ambitious federal agent. She plays the foil between the two, and does so brilliantly.
But why was a two-bit con man able to carry out such a sting? The movie suggests that it was greed on the part of the pols. This was emphasized by a cameo scene with Robert DeNiro playing a Mafia don who was offered a bribe and spoke Arabic to the agent playing the Arab prince who didn't understand him and couldn't answer in his presumed native tongue. All the pols in this scene should have recognized the sting but didn't.
Two problems with the plot were the need to 'torture' Adams to get Bales to cooperate and the ending was somewhat unclear. The rumor was that the NYTimes was about to break the case, that someone had leaked information to the paper, and the sting had to be completed fast by getting an admission of bribe acceptance from… a lawyer who represented… whom? Nevertheless, the film ends with the principals living happily ever after and those stung paying their expected debt to society.