A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective.
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Written by
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Several friends and colleagues of the late Angelo Errichetti (written as Carmine Polito in the film) specifically praised Jeremy Renner's nuanced performance, claiming he had "virtually cloned" the looks and mannerisms of Errichetti. In dramatic scenes in particular, Renner's portrayal and energy were allegedly so akin that he "made Ange feel alive again" on screen. See more »
When Irving gets into the safe to get his gun, the stacks of $100 bills are of the new type that was not put into circulation until the late-1990s. See more »
What are you doing, going behind my back? Telling people I'm screwing up this operation? I got you a suite at the fucking Plaza Hotel.
The shittiest suite at the Plaza Hotel.
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An opening title card states, "Some of this actually happened." See more »
I have never been so disappointed in a film. With all the hype, I expected another House of Games (1987) or Grifter (1990) or maybe a hard edged drama like The Departed. Instead I saw a very boring film that had no idea what it was. Before I went in, I read that it was a drama. Others said a comedy. Others said a dark comedy. It attempted to be all of the above and succeeded at none. The movie was so boring, after 45 minutes I started to watch the reactions of the viewers around me in the packed theater. It was very telling. Over and over, we would be presented a drama scene with deep consequences to the plot and characters followed by what was supposed to be a funny scene. For example, we have someone worried they are going to get killed at anytime followed by a housewife cleaning her house while dancing to the song "Live & Let Die." Do you laugh? You uneasily chuckle. A little. At the end of the scene when you realize the director is holding up the "laugh" sign. In another scene, you have a character do harm to his superior. The superior is beaten pretty badly. Not only is the subordinate not punished, it is played for laughs, Not knowing what reaction I was supposed to have actually made my stomach queasy - and I eat habaneros for breakfast! I said several times to the people I was with that this is boring. This is not well done. They all agreed. The ending and wrap up will leave you in awe at its lacking.
So much talent and potential wasted.
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