A fictional film set in the seductive world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning British partner and lover Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild unhinged FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Renner is Carmen Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
I guess it will look better after editing. They look like silly stereotypes in these photos, not actual people from the time.
David O. Russell has a good streak going on. Looking forward to this.
i demand a scene with amy adams and jennifer lawrence making out with each other
A war is coming, I've seen it in my dreams. Fires sweeping over the Earth, bodies in the streets, cities turned to dust... retaliation.
Hollywood is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until everything you love is dead.
i demand a scene with christian bale and bradley cooper making out with each other
Looks like a drama version of Anchorman
I had to look up David O Russell on Wiki to refresh my memory on his achievements. Pretty pretty pretty pretty good.
Last edited by Fedor; 10-03-2013 at 08:56 PM.
Just saw this movie.... It is FUCKEN AWESOME. Fuck what a great movie. ABSOLUTELY loved it. I need to think about it for a few more days but it could be in my top 5-10 of all time. All 5 main actors are unbelievable. What a movie!
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(I'm looking forward to seeing this also).
Lol. I went in expecting a solid movie but it exceeded my expectations in every way.
I thought this was pretty boring for the first half, and the second half was ok.
They talked Bale up a lot but did pretty much no demonstration of why he was a good conman, ironically Jeremy Renner was far more convincing as persuasive and charismatic ;p
On the upside, Amy Adams spent most of the movie with 80% of her tits hanging out, on the downside, the percentage never went higher.
I didn't realize it, but they filmed some of this in Worcester, MA ;P
You mean I work 30 minutes from where JLaw was hanging out? I would cover her with such a load that Peter North would be jealous.
Christian Bale is a lame faggot but I'll see it anyway.
^^ What I thought as well. Jude Law - dapper as fuck.
Movie should've been called American Cleavage
He's got a pretty mouth.
You know what I didn't like about this movie?
This movie was incredibly boring. The pacing was terrible, the plot was thin, they did a terrible job creating any kind of attachment to any of the characters. It was hard to stay awake for the full 2+ hours this movie was running. The worst part for me though was that there was absolutely no tension in the film at all.
I liked the movie, but I really only have two words to say about it:
"Woman have the right to understand that they are not to be treated as though they are not understood by those who have great understanding of things like these" -Hillary Clinton
This movie was basically a 1.5 hour yawn fest with an interesting last 15-30 minutes due to a cool "twist". Unfortunately there is no build-up and no tension-- they basically slip in a fact at the end that redefines the word "hustle" in the context of the movie. It's one of those things that when done right can have you re-evaluate your opinion of a film, but in this case it's too little too late.
To be fair, I'd probably give it a far higher rating if I had watched it at home instead of the theater, as I have a greater tolerance for a slow movie on the couch, but I found myself constantly staring at my watch in the theater..
P.S: If your GF is currently pissed off at you, DO NOT see this movie with her. Two of the female leads moan about their relationships and what their man doesn't give them, and out of the corner of my eye I could constantly see my GF nod her head each time one of the chicks on screen spewed venom about how horribad their man was.
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glad i read some of these posts. was planning on seeing this movie this weekend, but maybe i'll check out "wolf of wall street" instead.
It's a pretty good movie, I'm a little surprised at the board's attention span regarding this one
I liked it. Would watch again just to see the comb over scene again
What did you guys like about this movie? It's so terribly written in my opinion. There is no suspense, no tension, no action. It's not even a popcorn flick because there is literally nothing that happens in this movie.
I loved the characters. The nasty unattractive con man who manages to bang hotties. The overzealous cop who's in way over his head. The fucking bonkers wife. The mayor who actually loves his constituency so much that he wold break the law.
Acting was 10/10. The concept of everyone being a con. Tension was awesome after he was first caught. Whoever didn't like it your opinion is wrong.
As a Con movie, I don't think it was all that great. Having said that, the characters were beautifully written. The acting is top notch, and the fucking Ice Fishing story...
Poor Louis CK and his fishing story
Was it anything like his boat story? He's funny and can't seem to catch a break (outside of his career, which is constantly exploding to better and better places).
Can someone explain to me the connection between the American Hustle and Louis CK ?
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Eh, I don't see how acting can take a movie with a terrible plot and make it "good". But whatever. Yes the acting was good but the story just couldn't be saved. I didn't care what happened to anyone in the movie and literally nothing happened. There was no "long con" there was no payoff. The ending happened out of necessity for one of the characters.
Last edited by Khane; 12-29-2013 at 05:37 PM.
Plot wasn't terrible. It just wasn't a brain buster. Characters and actors were what made the movie shine.
I think you're just bad at movies.
Tell me the movies you enjoy so I may tear you to shreds
It was enjoyable as a well acted set piece seeing what the 70's looked like.
Was totally surprised to see Eli Thompson, and Richard Harrow from boardwalk, Louis CK, and Robert Deniro. I was confused by Louis being in this movie, but by the end it really worked. He was perfect for that role.
The movie was a mess. Reports are out that the actors were encouraged to improv a lot of the dialogue. They were asked to channel the character, and not worry about the script. Pretty much explains why some of the movie meanders and how the plot as a whole gets convoluted. Highlights were any scenes with Jennifer Laurence or Louis CK.
I enjoyed this movie.
having a hard time watching this all. It didnt hook me.
Going to watch this tonight as the screener came up a few hours ago, but have absoutely no idea what to expect after the past 2 pages of reviews.
Approach every movie with low expectations and you'll never be disappointed.
Focusing on the plot in a character piece is usually not going to make you enjoy the movie.
Calling a movie a "character piece" when it's clearly advertised as a con/action movie is excusing it's mediocrity for no good reason.
Remember when people started excusing how terrible the writing for LOST got after it ended? "Oh it was a character piece, it was about the relationships they built". Please.
I will agree the acting was good. But it didn't save the awful story and terrible pacing.
Hope it wins awards.
I'm confused by all this talk about the movie being convoluted. It's about an overzealous cop employing a couple of con artists to catch politicians accepting kickbacks. It's just a funny movie with no real intention of fooling the audience.
My only problem is the casting of Jennifer Lawrence. People keep giving this 22-year-old roles that require someone with a little more world experience.
I watched it last night (though I dozed off a couple times and will try to rewatch it), and it didn't impress me much. Acting was good. Story, not so much. It was pretty obvious from the get-go how the overall arc was going to play out, so you just watched it for the "players" and just didn't keep me involved in it. By the time you get to the ending, you're just confirming what you though was going to happen, and there's no real twist or cool way the characters went about it.
To be fair, Amy Adams sucks. She always has. I don't know how she keeps getting roles. She's pretty unidimensional in the parts I see her in, and she's not hot enough to be cast for looks alone (actually, I'm pretty sure the minute she stops working out she's going to blimp it up bigtime - in this movie she somehow lost most of her marshmallow neck, though).
I also felt they spent too much effort trying to showcase the 70s rather than making it the environment for the story/characters.
jennifer lawrence is the new star.
Loved it, only thing I hated was certain characters getting fucked over
character driven movie. very good drama. Lawrence...holy shit. why can't chloe act this good.
I fucking despised Lawrence as a character. I wanted her dead in every possible way.
Sometimes "those people" never really get what's coming to them. Always playing the victim and shit like that.
As for the ice fishing story:
Brother wanted to fish, but father said it was too soon. Ice wasn't thick enough yet.
Father saw that kids weren't in their room and came out to the ice to find them.
Kid 1 said they were watching the stars or a sunrise or something.
Later on in life, the brother died. It was not related.
Am I missing anything here? I want this story!
You know how Amy Adams wears those blouses so that all the people she's conning aren't paying attention to anything but her tits? That happened to me at the theater. I went to see a movie but all I remember is cleavage. I don't know if the movie was good or bad. I was conned.
Some great acting performances combined with an average and somewhat predictable story still makes for an entertaining movie. Better than 90% of the garbage Hollywood spews out on a regular basis, but not great.
I keep thinking the director David O Russel is going to take that next step to becoming one of the great directors of the current generation like a Christopher Nolan or Darren Aronofsky, but Russel's movies just can't seem to take the leap from very good & entertaining to great and unique. He did Three Kings back in the 90s, and that was unexpectedly awesome and then The Fighter was very solid as well, but mostly carried by Christian Bales performance, just like American Hustle is. He's a damn good director, but I can't quite put him in that top-tier of current directors. He's a small step down from there.
I'm a huge David O Russel fan from even back in the 90's when I first saw spanking the monkey on IFC.
He's just another brilliant screenwriter, in the vain of the Coen brothers, Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson, Tarantino etc..
Coming from a long line of great writers such as Jim Jarmusch, that spiked that type of storytelling back when Indie films were starting to get more of a presence.
So I'm a little bias on American Hustle, but I thought the performances that David can draw out of an actor have always been A+
He's such a good Actors director that he brought 7 academy award nominations between Silver Linings and the Fighter.
This is definitely the type of movie that the Academy likes so I'll be interested to see what its up against once the nominations are announced.
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Jennifer needs a better accent.
She should have died so hard in that movie. Oh I hated her so much.
This film was too hyped.
Good acting, but I couldn't care less about the characters and what happened to them. Well, except for the mayor.
Otherwise, everyone was a low life deserving of whatever happened to them.
Biggest disappointment of the entire movie is that we didn't get to see either of the chicks get banged. You got Tits McGee poppin' out of her shirt the entire fuckin' movie and we never get to see em? Cmon. Tassles in the beginning didn't count. Meanwhile we get an eyeful of Bale's gut and bad hairpiece for most of the movie.
Acting was fantastic though.
amy adam got sorta banged.
Jeremy Renner was definitely the best character imo. And Louis CK of course.
Some of the acting was clearly top tier, particularly Bale. His transformations for roles is just phenomenal. If he wasn't in this movie, it would have been downright unwatchable I think. And I know I'll get a lot of flack for this (too bad no more negs!), but I'm not a fan of Jennifer Lawrence, looks or acting. She's clearly not ugly or anything, but she just doesn't do it for me, and her acting doesn't impress me at all. Although I suppose I have to give her credit for making me wish her character would spontaneously combust every single time she was on screen. Amy Adams doesn't really impress me too much either, and didn't change that opinion at all here. Renner was great. Louis CK was great, and perfect for that role no less. Deniro? Why the fuck was he even in it? Cooper was actually pretty good, and not the Bradley Cooper we typically get, but I despised his character too.
Story did almost nothing for me. It was boring, predictable (although I'll admit I didn't *specifically* know what was going to happen, but I was close enough), and I barely cared what happened to anyone. As someone said, it is better than a lot of movies run through the studio mills, but I'll almost certainly never watch this one again, or recommend anyone else see it.
The biggest indicator of how I felt about this movie is that I'm most upset I never got the whole ice fishing story.
fuck, I had no idea Christian Bale was british and has an English accent. He did Batman interviews with an American accent so kids wouldn't think Batman wasn't American
Oh and this movie has incredible acting, but it was a fucking terrible story.
Every episode of the BBC's Hustle was better. Every. Single. One.
Watched this a second time. Not as entertaining the second run through.
On movie topics: Dallas Buyers Club was great.
Face it man. The cleavage was there to distract you from how mundane and boring this movie is. The allure of the bust was busted.
Went to see this the other day. I had only seen the trailers without having read anything about this (didn't know it was a fictionalized version of ABSCAM) so it did surprise me quite a lot plot wise, though there isn't much else to say about the plot. The acting was outstanding. Bale pulled this all together, I honestly can't think of anyone else who could have played this part. Surprisingly, this was my first Jennifer Lawrence flick and I was pleasantly surprised. Cooper, Adams, CK were all good and played their parts well. I doubt if I would have recognized De Niro had I not seen his name in the credits, my god he looked old! But the best performance for me was Renner. I fucking hate baby-kissing politicians but holy shit did I root for the mayor towards the end and felt sad at how it went. Not so for the bribe taking members of Congress though.
Wasn't the best of films I've seen, but it definitely was worth my movie ticket money.
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