American Psycho

American Psycho

Blu-ray Disc - 2009
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Wall Street yuppie Patrick Bateman is also a serial rapist and killer who targets strangers and acquaintances with equal abandon.

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patch666
May 15, 2017

Classic !!! Hilarious !!!! we know every line !!!!! 420 " Lets go to Dorsia "

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JakeoftheSith
Apr 28, 2017

Didn't like it. Yawnfest.

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therhiannamater
Feb 22, 2017

" I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself. Hey, Paul!"

This is not a date night movie, unless you're dating Ted Bundy or Aileen Wurnos. Unfiltered, biting, and bizarrely funny, American Psycho is like a gift that keeps on giving.

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JihadiConservative
Oct 19, 2016

Brilliant, intelligent, and thought provoking, American Psycho is masterpiece on the same level as Fight Club.Simply put, American Psycho is one of the greatest mind games ever put on film. The venture into the mind has been been exploited by many dramas but never in such a thought-provoking, interactive manner. Using setting and time, the director puts the viewer in the movie as a conscience for the havoc-wreaking Patrick Bateman. What we have to figure out is which of the lead characters rage-driven atrocities really happen and which are just the imaginations of an emotionally isolated businessman. As modern Americans, all of us have had desires to put a snbby bartender in her place, snub a homeless man for not trying hard enough, or in extreme cases, even kill those in our workplace. Now understandibly, we have the self-restraint to quell these urges, but who hasn't envisioned an endgame for those who torment us? The beauty of this film is in the mystery. Is the star a true maniac or is he just so into himself that his delusions of murder are manifested only in the imagination? That is for you to figure out. Christian Bale puts in a stellar performance as the delusional madman. Most remarkable are his soliloquies praising the most banal of 1980's pop bands. "Do you like Huey Lewis and the News?" should go down as one of filmdoms most loaded questions. Director Mary Harron uses a number of different styles to accomplish her interpretation, tapping the slasher films of the 70's and 80's to the Wall Street-esque dialogue. Harron has created enough scenes that stand alone in their brilliance while infusing a storyline that leaves no lack of watchability. Rent it, buy it, ... you must see this film if you are a true afficionado of great film-making. 10/10!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

The book is often better than the movie.  In this case, that is most certainly not true, if the two are even comparable.  Bret Easton Ellis’s novel is a black comedy, comprised of deadly satire and dry scrutiny, and this film embodies none of what the text aspired to.  American Psycho, the movie, is a unique blend of horror and humor, where the black comedy of the novel has been transmogrified into genuinely funny moments that don’t feel ‘not quite right’ like they do in the novel.  Although it falls short of replicating the feeling that the novel so purposefully conveys, this newfound retelling of the same story is actually enjoyable to sit through.  Unlike the novel, it does not suffer from being overly dry due to the inherent concept that it is told through the lens of a psychopath.  If you enjoy the idea of the story, this movie is fantastic; if you wished for the novel in film form, this sadly is not that at all. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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yumsushi
Oct 27, 2015

Didn't read the book so I don't know how the movie compares, however, the Director explains her vision clearly and I think she and Bale deliver an excellent movie that intentionally uses corny one liners and shallow characters to get its horrifying point across.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jul 16, 2014

My-oh-my! What a winning team! Feminist writer/director Mary Harron (who's clueless about hardcore horror) and schlep-actor Christian Bale (who's clueless. Period) Wow! What a winning team!

By putting these 2 mental-midgets together for the making of American Psycho it resulted in a potentially promising horror movie getting reduced to its absolute candy-assed worst.

Some years ago I had actually read Ellis's novel (this film is based upon that story). And, I'm tellin' ya, even though the book wasn't much to rave about, at least it did deliver a substantially horrific punch.

But, as expected, director Harron didn't do the book even the slightest bit of justice with her snivelling screen-play, nor with her half-assed direction. Under her direction, she completely sanitized the story's gore to the point of almost eliminating it right out of the picture. And, this, in my opinion, was a big no-no.

Harron literally reduced the ghastly-cruel American Psycho character to the level of being a disinfected American Namby-Pamby boy. And, this really sucked, big-time.

And, speaking about gross miscasting. It certainly didn't help matters, at all, that Christian Bale was the one chosen to play the title character, Patrick Bateman. He came across as being some sort of a dimwit stand-up comic whose high-point in the story came about when he gave himself a facial.

On top of the terrible dialogue, the shallow characters, and the endless scenes involving expensive dinners in chic restaurants (ho-hum!), this picture (much to my annoyance) turned into one, long commercial, blatantly selling its 1980s, pop music soundtrack.

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Isley
Jul 01, 2014

The film only really has one one idea and one thing to say, and thus, probably never needed a full length film with which to say it. Which is not to say it is a bad movie; it’s finely constructed and Bale does a great job pulling off the strange tone of the main character--all of which helps keep it quite watchable.

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jazeebelle
Jun 07, 2014

The movie is taken from a far more disturbing book. It's a great flick tho but you need to stick with it to the end. I believe the payoff is more than worth it. And Bale (whether you like him or not you must admit) does an amazing job as Patrick Bateman.

IClare Nov 19, 2013

Provocative. Thought provoking. Interesting. Makes you go hmmm. And it was directed by a woman and the screenplay was written by a woman, which colors it differently--for me, and which I find really intriguing. I want to watch it again because there's definitely some blurred lines between what's reality and what's fantasy or hallucinations. The social commentary is very fitting for today's times. Christian Bale delivers a great performance! I wonder how he slept after making this film.

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Monolith
Jun 17, 2012

Patrick Bateman: "There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there."

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Monolith
Jun 17, 2012

Evelyn Williams: "Thousands of roses, and lots of chocolate truffles. Godiva. And oysters in the half-shell..." Patrick Bateman: (listening to a Walkman, narrating): "I'm trying to listen to the new Robert Palmer tape, but Evelyn, my 'supposed' fiancée, keeps buzzing in my ear." Evelyn Williams: "Annie Leibovitz. We'll get Annie Leibovitz. And we'll have to get someone to videotape. Patrick... we should do it!" Patrick Bateman: "Do what?" Evelyn Williams: "Get married. Have a wedding." Patrick Bateman: "No. I can't take the time off work."

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Monolith
Jun 17, 2012

Patrick Bateman: "I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip."

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Monolith
Jun 17, 2012

Patrick Bateman (lying to Detective Kimball with a fake excuse): "Listen, you'll have to excuse me. I have a lunch meeting with 'Cliff Huxtable' (of The Cosby Show) at the Four Seasons in 20 minutes."

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cleverconnections
Jan 27, 2012

I have to return some video tapes.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

[Looking at Paul Allen's business card]
Patrick Bateman: Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Jean: What's that?
Patrick Bateman: Duct tape. I need it for... taping something.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Patrick Bateman: Do you know what Ed Gein said about women?
David Van Patten: Ed Gein? The maitre 'd at Canal Bar?
Patrick Bateman: No, serial killer, Wisconsin, the '50s.
Craig McDermott: So what did he say?
Patrick Bateman: "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part wants me to take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet and treat her right."
David Van Patten: And what did the other part think?
Patrick Bateman: "What her head would look like on a stick... "
[laughs]

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Patrick Bateman: You're a f**king ugly b**ch. I want to stab you to death, and then play around with your blood.

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bdls206
Aug 26, 2011

Patrick Bateman: I don't want to get you drunk, but, ah, that's a very fine Chardonnay you're not drinking.

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Aug 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Aug 26, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Aug 26, 2011

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

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