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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


Christian BalePatrick Bateman
Justin TherouxTimothy Bryce
Josh LucasCraig McDermott
Bill SageDavid Van Patten
Chloe SevignyJean
Reese WitherspoonEvelyn Williams
Samantha MathisCourtney Rawlinson
Matt RossLuis Carruthers
Jared LetoPaul Allen
Willem DafoeDetective Donald Kimball
Cara SeymourChristie
Guinevere TurnerElizabeth
Stephen BogaertHarold Carnes
Monika MeierDaisy
Reg E. CatheyAl, the Derelict
Marie DameVictoria
Patricia GageMrs. Wolfe
Krista SuttonSabrina
Park BenchStash
Catherine BlackVanden
Tufford KennedyHamilton
Charlotte HunterLibby
Kiki ButtignolCaron

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Patrick Bateman. Genius storyline. Great movie. AmericanPsycho
  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Mary Harron
  • Producer: TriMark
  • Length: 101 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 14, 2000
    EuropeApr 21, 2000
    AustraliaAug 10, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaOct 17, 2006
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