Patrick Bateman, a young, well to do man working on wall street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense. Written by
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Looking for a way to create the character of Patrick Bateman, Christian Bale stumbled onto a Tom Cruise appearance on David Letterman. According to American Psycho (2000) director Mary Harron, Bale saw in Cruise "this very intense friendliness with nothing behind the eyes" and Bale subsequently based the character of Bateman on that. Interestingly, Tom Cruise is actually featured in the novel; he lives in the same apartment complex as Bateman, who meets him in a lift and gets the name of Cocktail (1988) wrong, calling it "Bartender". See more »
In the scene where Patrick is sitting on his couch making reservations for Dorsia, the camera angle from the side shows his hair styled entirely back from his face. When the camera angle switches to the front there is a noticeable lock of hair hanging in front of his face. The camera switches back to the side view and his hair is styled entirely back from his face again. See more »
I'm fucking serious. It's fucking over, us, this is no joke. I don't think we should see each other any more.
But your friends are my friends and my friends are your friends. I really don't think it would work. You have a little something...
I know that your friends are my friends and, uh... I've thought about that. You can have 'em.
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This is a frightening and wildly satiric look into the mentality of the high-flying Reaganomics 1980s as the American Dream turned into the psychotic American Nightmare. The film will probably turn as many people off as are entertained by this weird journey that is a slightly more organized cousin of FEAR & LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS.
Christian Bale is amazingly energetic and even sympathetic as the deranged, soul-less creature who values nothing but surface appearances. We are given a hauting roller-coaster ride through a comedy of terrors that is the mind of this being who seems human but isn't quite sure himself. In fact, he doesn't even know who or what he is.
Is he insane? Are we? That's the joker in the gamble. That's the riddle of the sphinx that we are left to solve -- if there is a solution.
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