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Director: David O. Russell

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner

Running Time: 138 minutes

Certificate: 15

American Hustle’s tone is set from the opening caption, citing the events of the film as ‘mostly true’. David O. Russell’s 70s-set caper – which is indeed loosely based on the FBI Abscam operation which saw a pair of con artists forced to set up a sting corruption in order to frame several politicians – is the follow-up to Silver Linings Playbook, recasting both Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in roles secondary to The Fighter’s lead talent, Christian Bale and Amy Adams. With the zaniness amped up, they play the con artiste counterparts Irving Rosenfeld (complete with hilariously terrible toupee) and Sydney Prosser (complete with hilariously terrible English accent), with the Oscar-winning Lawrence in usual scene-stealing form (who’d have thought it..?) as the former’s erratic wife, and Cooper »

- Jacob Stolworthy

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