I found this really amusing in places, as the lead character seems to hustle in a completely carefree way, even when dealing with high up gangsters in the mafia, it's one of those biopic type films, that tells the true story of some down and out hustlers who are trying to make lots of money by illegitimate means, (hence the title)... At a time where it seemed much more possible to get away with it, They are brave,people to do what they do, but if they don't pull off there schemes, it would definitely not, be worth the risk...
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.