American Hustle 2013

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The 1970s-set true story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians - namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.

Starring:
Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner
Director David O. Russell
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner
Director David O. Russell
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lazaros K. on 15 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
In order to be fair I will say that I understand why some people like this one.
But I did not.As pre premiere "hype" is wasted on me.
As a rule I like "sophisticated"movies.But this one is a "pseudo-sophisticated"one.The director adopts a non-sophisticated approach.A simplistic ,if not purely naive, one.Yet he introduces very lengthy-and totally redundant - dialogues,even whole scenes,possibly thinking that this "reverse psychology" approach will be effective on the viewers.Well,it shouldn't be.The movie could actually have been shortened,in editing,by at least some 50 minutes,without the slightest negative effect on the plot itself.Quite the reverse.As it stands,however, it is simply boring.
I had to struggle through it,trying to find some good points(there are a few)primarily due to some good scenes and acting on the part of Christian Bale,but not a lot.The oversimplification of some of the characters involved,especially the "crooked" ones,is annoying.The overall level of the 'hustle"plot is only complex if conceeived by an eighth-grader.All in all a failed attempt to produce something elaborate,and I'm not even certain at what level.
Better luck next time folks.And,yes,I did not comment on the movie's several Academy Award nominations.I have vowed since 1979,when "Kramer vs Kramer" beat "Apocalypse Now" as best movie and best direction(!!!)to stop wasting time and grey cell capacity on Hollywood's favorite game.I do,however,tend to be carried away at times.Thankfully, movies like this one or like "Gravity" pop up practically every year,they are nominated for up to a dozen awards (!!!),they win a few(!!!),and I am thus reminded to renew my vow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 31 July 2014
Format: DVD
I really wanted to like this film but so disappointed after all the hype. Had such great potential what with the era, music, etc, but I was left very flat. Couple of good scenes but overall was dull. The 2 female leads were the highlight. Bale & Cooper were poor. How it received so many accolades I really don't know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 18 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
Oh dear! Was more spent on publicity than on the creaking plot? It is a blatant rehash of other plots, the mumbling is dreadful – we had to have the subtitles on - and the kid seems to be speaking Serb0Croat for all we could hear. It is interminably long. Do something more fun. Feed the goldfish or something.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Wiltshire on 11 May 2014
Format: DVD
I loved the opening scenes, especially those of Christian Bales comb over composition.

Bale is excellent throughout as it Amy Adams, however it is the scenes with Jennifer Lawrence that are laugh out loud as the trailer trash, common, scheming wife.

Bradley Cooper was suitably annoying and the secret of THAT hair is revealed about halfway through.

The sense of time and place are great and it is comparable with Good Fellas for that.

Some may not enjoy the lack of action but it is the performances that drive this film and based on that it is superb.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stanley Crowe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Jun 2014
Format: DVD
A lot of talent working hard in this movie, but only with sporadic success. One of the biggest names, Robert De Niro, has an uncredited cameo, and unkind though it might be to say, I think his decision to keep his name off the credits was a wise one. The problem is with the rhythm and direction -- there are scenes that seem either unnecessary or to go on to long. For example, the scene with the agents who believe that they have just taped an incriminating phone call is probably not needed, but certainly goes on far too long. The scene with Richie (Bradley Cooper) and Sydney (Amy Adams) in the bathroom stall adds nothing to our grasp of these characters or to the plot. The running gag of Richie's boss (Louis C. K.) and the ice-fishing story is weak and unnecessary The big party scene involving the sheikh and the mobsters -- way too long. Carmen Polito, mayor of Camden, NJ, goes on and on about how his constituents are his family, long after we get it. The energy of the actors and the excellent production values aren't enough to save these scenes, and they throw the rhythm out of kilter.

George Roy Hill's "The Sting" ran like clockwork -- like the sting itself. This is a sort of sting movie, and (thanks to Rosalyn [Jennifer Lawrence], the wife of con-man Irving Rosenfeld [Christian Bale]) the sting DOESN'T run like clockwork -- but the movie should, and it doesn't. The con artists, Irving and Sydney, are constantly having to adapt to unforeseen circumstances -- and there is a possibility of humor in that -- but the adjustments aren't always as funny as they could be. There is a certain satisfaction in the ending's showing that folks who have to con for a living are better at it than the government, but I'm not sure that that makes up for the dull patches on the way.
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Format: DVD
Yes we know what's going to happen at the end but the film still plays well enough without losing interest. There's an odd relationship between the FBI agent and his boss and doesn't really fit with the rest of the film's general style. There seems to be quite a bit to and fro along the story time line and sub-twists in plot to try and throw you off what remains an obvious plot. I'm not too anamoured with cooper in the role as he plays it ambiguous - at times he seems to playing for laughs, which I'm not sure fits the bill. I could extend this to both Adams and bale in their varying emotional demeanour through the film - it just doesn't hang together for me and some scenes just seem out of place with other scenes in context of their emotional reactions. I'm just wondering whether the writers and director kept changing their minds about what type of film they were making - sometimes it comes across as a spoof - perhaps that's the joke - the film is con of a fictional con............
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