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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for Christion Bale and Jennifer Lawrence
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, entertaining enough..... But who's conning who?
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...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it just for Christion Bale and Jennifer Lawrence, 11 May 2014
This review is from: American Hustle (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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5.0 out of 5 stars WHO'S THE MASTER? THE PAINTER OR THE FORGER?,, 16 Jan 2014
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This review is from: American Hustle [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
Irving (Christian Bale)is a con artist. His wife (Jennifer Lawrence) is flaky so he has a mistress Edith (Amy Adams) who helps him in his cons. When she gets pinched by an eager FBI agent (Bradley Cooper as Richie) they are asked to assist the FBI with four arrests and then they would be let go. Irving reluctantly agrees and Edith helps against her better judgement. The plot leads us to Irving being involved in a bust of organized crime figures (Robert De Niro), something that would lead to his demise and that of everyone he loves. He is in over his head. During the film you know everyone is scheming, but who is going to come out on top?

This is another classic con artist tale. It is a crime/thriller/drama/comedy. The acting was superb which made the script look substandard. Amy Irving is perhaps the sexist we have seen her to date. I never miss a film with Jennifer Lawrence who proclaims "Thank God for me." Her role starts out minor but then grows. The ladies room kiss with Amy Adams is something I predict will be on loop.

Seems like a good old fashion con artist film with some fine acting.

Parental Guide: F-bombs. Brief sex. No nudity. Stripper with pasties, most likely Amy Adams body double as face is not shown with nearly bare torso.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, entertaining enough..... But who's conning who?, 24 July 2014
This review is from: American Hustle [DVD] [2013] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the 'film of the year'., 9 July 2014
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Did not like any of the characters [had no sympathy for any of them] new there had to be a twist and was not bothered when it happened. Was acted well but story did not have enough in it for me. How ever watch Jennifer Lawrence dance to 'live and let die' in the deleted scenes,you WILL enjoy that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Everything that is truly screwed up about America...and more..., 9 July 2014
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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. A mysterious sheikh is employed too, to try and catch them all at it. Everyone in the movie seems corrupt in some way. Everyone has an ulterior motive, everyone wants to use everyone else, everyone wants to manipulate everyone else. Who really is the bad guy?

Underneath all the craziness and shenanigans there is actually a story and a plot going on (70s FBI 2 year ABSCAM sting operation). But the plot of the movie seems almost irrelevant to mention, because that's not what we're really watching for. In comes Jerry Renner who plays the Mayor with umpteen kids, who is all family on the outside, but just as corrupt on the inside. It trips over itself in one crazy scene to the next you're left dangling as to who is really trying to con who. But Jennifer Lawrence doing Wing's 'Live and Let die' is right up there... We also get to see the legendary Robert De Niro in a non-credited cameo as mafia's second in command, thrown in for good measure...

You have to understand the mentality of the movie to appreciate it, I can't believe so many on here gave it 1 star, they weren't paying attention, they didn't do their homework and they didn't realize what they were witnessing. Shame on them. Hustle indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 7 July 2014
This review is from: American Hustle (DVD)
Over-rated. Most of the characters were good, as was the acting, but the film itself was slow and by the end you really felt it wasn't worth the effort of watching. A disappointing end to a sluggish film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good cast but a bit slow in places, 1 Jun 2014
This review is from: American Hustle [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
The cast in this all give strong performances and it was an interesting film. However, it was bit too slow in places and it was only the strong acting that kept me watching. It did get better towards the end but could have benefited from being a quicker pace and slightly shorter.

I was particularly impressed with Amy Adams performance, and who knew Bradley Cooper would look so cute with a perm! The complexity of messed up relationships was portrayed well, and interesting questions posed about being real.

So overall an ok film which is good in places, and one that's worth watching if you enjoy intelligent films that engage your brain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American Hustle, 30 May 2014
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I Enjoyed the film but the ending was a bit disappointing. Bale's toupee was ridiculous but funny and it was a waste of time dressing Amy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected., 24 May 2014
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This review is from: American Hustle [Blu-ray] [2013] (Blu-ray)
No reflection on the quality of the product which worked well. I was disappointed with the production itself. After all the publicity and hype, I found it to be over complicated and, for the most part, boring. The few good bits in the movie had been concentrated into the trailer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly unimpressive, 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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