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:
Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
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 Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
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

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By whitedragon on 9 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
America is as America does. Watching this was like a cross between Starsky and Hutch, LA Confidential and Goodfellas all rolled into one crazy movie, with a top soundtrack to boot. The look, style and feel of this movie alone is enough to suck you in and drag you by the hair through a hedge backwards. The comb over, perm and Elvis look are goofy too. It really is that crazy. But it's just so American it hurts. Sleazy, tacky, egotistical, narcissistic and totally manic.

But at the end of the day this is a comedy. There are 'drama' elements, but they take a back seat. American Hustle shouldn't be taken 'seriously', in the truest sense of the word. This is just a blast. We need to constantly realize what we are witnessing: Everything that is truly great, but screwed up about America. The land of the free gets taken for a ride by a duplicitous con man, who actually comes across as a deadpan but seemingly well intended, plausible character on the surface....

Jennifer Lawrence tops the charts as the dizzy blonde, semi-neurotic, trailer trash, bitter and embattled younger housewife with a deranged kid, whose been ensnared by (the same) over-weight, heart condition I need my pills, con man of a so called husband, one marvelous Christian Bale. Who must have put on at least three stone or more to play the part.

Then we have the smart, savvy, but equally duplicitous lush puppy, butter wouldn't melt, how can you not love me, Amy Adams, Bale's real partner in slime, I mean crime. While they are art wheeling and dealing and making a fortune they are caught by FBI agent in charge, the hilarious Brad Cooper, with his perm, who tries to use them to catch the alleged real criminals - the scheming public officials who have been paid off by mafia.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jac Knight on 7 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
No wonder this film didn't won any oscars at all, except Jennifer Lawrence's excellent performance. She's spot on capturing the character in a subtle way - amazing how young she is and so versitile with her acting. Didn't like the cast of Amy Adam, she's a good actor over all but not in this film, and her wardrobe - over used the 70s low cut fashion. In summary, the film is far too long and too much inpro with Chris Bale, Cooper and Adam. The story picks up when Lawrence involved... . It would have been a much more interesting story if it were cut down to just 1.30 hrs. Any good story could become boring if it drags on. The director is not a good story teller. It I were 20 years younger I would have liked some other reviewers - walked out of the movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 13 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
Some films are noted for their action, other for their stories, whilst others still have a great central performance. The very special few will have all these elements and become a classic. ‘American Hustle’ is not that film. It has little action and a slightly confused story, but what it does have is four stellar performances in the guise of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. These performances are at a level that you can forgive some of the film’s mistakes and instead embrace the elements that do work.

Based on a true story, ‘American Hustle’ discards any sort of reality in favour of an overblown portrayal of the 70s and even more overblown characters. It is almost as if director David O. Russell sketched out a general idea of what they were planning to do and shot the film anyway. This is certainly the case towards the end as a rather loose narrative begins to unravel into near enough nothing. In most cases, this would prove a real problem, but ‘American Hustle’ is not about the story, but about the characters.

It is here that the film really shines. You expect the likes of Bale and Adams to work well; they have Oscar nominations to spare. Of course you also have the wonderful Lawrence, proving once more that she can do drama or action; stick her in a film and watch her excel. The final of the four is Cooper, despite previous accolades I have not thought much of him, but as the sleazy FBI agent he is excellent. A charming facade soon breaks away to reveal something far less becoming.

The power of these four performances is plenty enough for you get swept away in the world of ‘American Hustle’. At times the lack of coherent story makes this film less like a movie and more a testament to a time and place.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sofashopper on 2 Jun 2014
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Yes the story is pretty good, and based on truth to whatever degree. And yes an amazing star cast with the calibre of acting you would expect from them. But I have seen films like this before (some of those were TV movies), this type of movie has been done to death.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma Lloyd on 30 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
I disliked this film and found it boring, slow and completely unoriginal. I had high hopes and was eager to see it and now I am bitterly dissappointed! The acting is fine but the script and general story is dull and uninteresting.
I still cannot figure out what the hype is about and would recommend to others to not bother with this movie!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bassnick on 3 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
I find it interesting that this film averages 3 stars as for once I would agree with the consensus. The film has plenty going for it - you can't fault the acting, direction or the soundtrack and the script fleshes the characters out sufficiently for you to have some interest in them. But there's the rub:the characters and plot are interesting to a point, but they don't grab you and the storyline/plot is too basic to hold ones interest for over 2 hours. Ultimately it's all style and little substance - it's an empty almost pointless film and the story covers stuff thats been better done elsewhere - do we need another grifters movie? I think not.
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