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American Psycho [Import]

Christian Bale , Justin Theroux , Mary Harron    Unrated   DVD
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The Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho, a dark, violent satire of the "me" culture of Ronald Reagan's 1980s, is certainly one of the most controversial books of the '90s, and that notoriety fueled its bestseller status. This smart, savvy adaptation by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) may be able to ride the crest of the notoriety; prior to the film's release, Harron fought a ratings battle (ironically, for depictions of sex rather than violence), but at the time the director stated, "We're rescuing [the book] from its own bad reputation." Harron and co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) overcome many of the objections of Ellis's novel by keeping the most extreme violence offscreen (sometimes just barely), suggesting the reign of terror of yuppie killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) with splashes of blood and personal souvenirs. Bale is razor sharp as the blank corporate drone, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial. Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship and soul-sapping small talk, but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. The film's approach to this mayhem is simultaneously shocking and discreet; even Bateman's outrageous naked charge with a chainsaw is most notable for the impossibly polished and gleaming instrument of death. Harron's film is a hilarious, cheerfully insidious hall of mirrors all pointed inward, slowly cracking as the portrait becomes increasingly grotesque and insane. --Sean Axmaker

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Prior to the theatrical release of American Psycho, director Mary Harron agreed to shorten one scene in order to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating. The controversial scene--in which Christian Bale's character engages in wild sexual activity with two prostitutes--has been restored to its original pre-release length for the film's unrated release on VHS and DVD. Apart from the shortening of this scene, the R-rated and unrated versions of the film are identical.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Always amusing Dec 29 2004
Format:DVD
Perhaps it is my dark humour, but I've always enjoyed this film. Never take it too seriously, however. If you're looking for a dark satire about Wall Street and corporate America in the '80s, you've got it. Plus, Christian Bale is beyond excellent. Rarely have I been disappointed with any of his films. Reese Witherspoon's character is a bit like her Legally Blonde one later, just slightly less ditzy (and far less pink).
Worth at least one watch, but I'd recommend buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good adapition of the book April 3 2004
By Eric
Format:DVD
American Psycho...murder, clubs, sex, drugs, and 80's right? Wrong. A lot of people saw the title and must of thought about 'oh just another kill movie.' No. American Psycho is not a killing spree movie. It is a well plotted film, and since being a huge fan of the book, I thought this movie hit the book like a hammer on a nail. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is smart, intelligent, rich, and lives the life that most people can only dream of. He is everything I thought of Patrick Bateman in the book. A couple of things that they missed was Patrick Bateman's excessive details; The Patty Winters Show, and what he wears and what his friends wear. I guess that the screeplay writers didnt want to bore the audidence with his excessive detail about everything he see's as in the book. The story takes place in NYC in the 80's with him going to fancy dinners, and work. Although we dont know what he does since Bret Easton Ellis didnt want to tell us what Patrick Bateman did for a living. So there are times where he does talk to his fiancee Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon, which I think she tried a little to hard during the upsetting parts in the film), and he is always mistakn for someone who works wirh him since they all look alike; slick back hair, designer clothes, nice bodies, and good looks. Some of the disturbing parts is when he does kill, but I felt that the movie was not too violent enough like the book. The book was full of gore and I didnt mind seeing it in the movie, and the sex scenes were not up to par with the scenes in the book, but if it was then, American Psycho would of have been rated XXX because the scenes in the book describe sex like it is shown in XXX rated films. In all, the movie was beautifully described and tell told. Now in the end, it is where you have to think, bur I am not going to spoil the ending because it is very strange but yet very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very good adapition of the book April 3 2004
By Eric
Format:DVD
American Psycho...murder, clubs, sex, drugs, and 80's right? Wrong. A lot of people saw the title and must of thought about 'oh just another kill movie.' No. American Psycho is not a killing spree movie. It is a well plotted film, and since being a huge fan of the book, I thought this movie hit the book like a hammer on a nail. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is smart, intelligent, rich, and lives the life that most people can only dream of. He is everything I thought of Patrick Bateman in the book. A couple of things that they missed was Patrick Bateman's excessive details; The Patty Winters Show, and what he wears and what his friends wear. I guess that the screeplay writers didnt want to bore the audidence with his excessive detail about everything he see's as in the book. The story takes place in NYC in the 80's with him going to fancy dinners, and work. Although we dont know what he does since Bret Easton Ellis didnt want to tell us what Patrick Bateman did for a living. So there are times where he does talk to his fiancee Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon, which I think she tried a little to hard during the upsetting parts in the film), and he is always mistakn for someone who works wirh him since they all look alike; slick back hair, designer clothes, nice bodies, and good looks. Some of the disturbing parts is when he does kill, but I felt that the movie was not too violent enough like the book. The book was full of gore and I didnt mind seeing it in the movie, and the sex scenes were not up to par with the scenes in the book, but if it was then, American Psycho would of have been rated XXX because the scenes in the book describe sex like it is shown in XXX rated films. In all, the movie was beautifully described and tell told. Now in the end, it is where you have to think, bur I am not going to spoil the ending because it is very strange but yet very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of all time! March 20 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Hello, I wanted to buy a movie for me and my husband to watch just for scares, so we did. We got three. The first one wasn't really entertaining nor was the second, but this one was. "Americian Psycho" was repeatedly rewinded over and over again, it was basically the best movie out there.
A rich man Patrick Baitman, in New York is a psycho killer because of these pills tat he takes, noone suspects that it's him because he has such a great reputation so he kills prostitutes, coworkers and some homeless people. His rich friends include, Timothy Bryce ( Justin Theroux ) and other co workers.
Him and his fiance are both having an affair with other people and they thik that the other doesn't know about it. Patrick never really proposed but his fiance has bought an engagment ring and is planning the weddin.g Patrick doesn't want to get married but doesn't leave his fiance until the end of the movie.
Patrick and his friends go clubbing, do drugs such as cocaine and steriods, but keeping in mind this movie is taking place in the 80's so they don't know about all the bad stuff yet.
I recommend this movie to everyone over the age of 21. Because this movie can be offensive to the younger viewers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Did you know I'm utterly insane?
It would be hard to find a more scathing indictment of the 1980s than "American Psycho." You know, that book about the murderous yuppie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Christian Bale.
This film is much better than it gets credit for. A very well done thriller with a great Christian Bale performance....as always! Great supporting roles as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeff Morant
5.0 out of 5 stars nice horror movie
a very good movie regarding how some people take things to heart and want to have and be the best at everything,the movie leaves you at the end with unanswered questions and the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by david mungall
5.0 out of 5 stars Not an horror movie
I just want to tell that is not an horror movie. So if you hate it because you hate horror movies, you have it all wrong. Read more
Published on March 24 2012 by Danny
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Only A Film After All!
My evaluation of this monstrously nasty film is that the director Harron is on another one of her grand experiments with modern filming. Read more
Published on Aug. 2 2008 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
4.0 out of 5 stars "I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?"
Mary Harron's film is a depiction of the Bret Easton Ellis (Rules of Attraction, Less Than Zero) controversial novel of the same name. Read more
Published on July 11 2007 by K. Driscoll
4.0 out of 5 stars I must be crazy to watch this
I've finally caught a full viewing of the "American Psycho" because every time it came on TV I would usually catch it towards the end then turn it off. Read more
Published on June 23 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
1.0 out of 5 stars A BAD movie from head to toe
If was o star i put the big fat 0, that is the worst movie ever, really silly and bored.
Published on Oct. 25 2004 by Reina
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Satire.
While American Psycho may seem a little dated now, it is still right on the money when it comes to corporate America's greed, corruption and materialism. Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by D. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars This is the WORST "horror" movie ever!
I don't know what to say. This movie is so horribly bad, I had to stop it more then twice. The only reason I started watching it again is because I didn't want to waste the three... Read more
Published on June 27 2004 by Gigi
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