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American Psycho

American Psycho
Drama, Crime | 2000 | R. 1hr 44min
CAST: Christian Bale, William Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Chloe Sevigny DIRECTOR: Mary Harron WEIRD ELEPHANT SERIES

Patrick Bateman is young, white, beautiful, ivy leagued, and indistinguishable from his Wall Street colleagues. Shielded by conformity, privilege, and wealth, Bateman is also the ultimate serial killer, roaming freely and fearlessly. His murderous impulses are fueled by zealous materialism and piercing envy when he discovers someone else has acquired more than he has. After a colleague presents a business card superior in ink and paper to his, Bateman's blood thirst sharpens, and he steps up his homicidal activities to a frenzied pitch. Hatchets fly, butcher knives chop, chainsaws rip, and surgical instruments mutilate-how far will Bateman go? How much can he get away with?

The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him.
Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
American Psycho is nearly perfect for what it is, but before we go on, we should ask what that actually amounts to. Can something with so rigid a thesis be a real work of art?
David Edelstein, Slate
This film isn't for everyone. But those who can stomach it will find it a chilling glimpse into a serious psychological disorder.
Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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