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American Psycho

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
American Psycho
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A young, handsome man with a Harvard education and success on Wall Street has terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder.
Title: American psycho
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: [United States] : Lions Gate Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Killer collector's ed. uncut version
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: audio commentary with Mary Harron; audio commentary with Guinevere Turner; deleted scenes; American psycho: book to screen (the book; the deal; the film; The pornography of killing: an essay by Hollly Willis); cast and crew commentary; The '80s: downtown; tv spots and trailers; trailer gallery.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 2000.
"Uncut version."
Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis.
Summary: A young, handsome man with a Harvard education and success on Wall Street has terrible urges that take him in pursuit of women, greed, and murder.
Audience: Unrated.
Statement of Responsibility: Lions Gate Films presents ; an Edward R. Pressman production ; in association with Muse Productions & Christian Halsey Solomon ; a Mary Harron film ; produced by Edward R. Pressman, Chris Hanley, Christian Halsey Solomon ; screenplay by Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner ; directed by Mary Harron
Credits: Cinematographer, Andrzej Sekula ; editor, Andrew Marcus ; music, John Cale ; costume designer, Isis Mussenden ; production designer, Gideon Ponte.
Performers: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon.
System Details: DVD, NTSC; region 1, widescreen presentation; Dolby Digital.
Other Language: In English with optional English or Spanish subtitles; Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Man-woman relationships Drama. Psychopaths Drama. Serial murderers Drama. Stockbrokers New York (State) New York Drama.
Genre/Form: Horror films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Psychopaths
Serial murderers
Stockbrokers
Publisher No: 17637
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Jul 16, 2014
  • Bazooka_Joe rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

My-oh-my! What a winning team! Feminist writer/director Mary Harron (who's clueless about hardcore horror) and schlep-actor Christian Bale (who's clueless. Period) Wow! What a winning team!

By putting these 2 mental-midgets together for the making of American Psycho it resulted in a potentially promising horror movie getting reduced to its absolute candy-assed worst.

Some years ago I had actually read Ellis's novel (this film is based upon that story). And, I'm tellin' ya, even though the book wasn't much to rave about, at least it did deliver a substantially horrific punch.

But, as expected, director Harron didn't do the book even the slightest bit of justice with her snivelling screen-play, nor with her half-assed direction. Under her direction, she completely sanitized the story's gore to the point of almost eliminating it right out of the picture. And, this, in my opinion, was a big no-no.

Harron literally reduced the ghastly-cruel American Psycho character to the level of being a disinfected American Namby-Pamby boy. And, this really sucked, big-time.

And, speaking about gross miscasting. It certainly didn't help matters, at all, that Christian Bale was the one chosen to play the title character, Patrick Bateman. He came across as being some sort of a dimwit stand-up comic whose high-point in the story came about when he gave himself a facial.

On top of the terrible dialogue, the shallow characters, and the endless scenes involving expensive dinners in chic restaurants (ho-hum!), this picture (much to my annoyance) turned into one, long commercial, blatantly selling its 1980s, pop music soundtrack.

Jul 01, 2014
  • Isley rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The film only really has one one idea and one thing to say, and thus, probably never needed a full length film with which to say it. Which is not to say it is a bad movie; it’s finely constructed and Bale does a great job pulling off the strange tone of the main character--all of which helps keep it quite watchable.

Jun 07, 2014
  • jazeebelle rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The movie is taken from a far more disturbing book. It's a great flick tho but you need to stick with it to the end. I believe the payoff is more than worth it. And Bale (whether you like him or not you must admit) does an amazing job as Patrick Bateman.

Jan 07, 2014
  • Mocha6ft3 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This may sound strange, but i don't usually like movies about serial killer, even though i do love monsters and they kill plenty of people. However, i did like this movie. I found it unusual the way the killer acted and how he killed his victims. I must give Mr. Bale major kudo's for good acting and creating an unforgettable character. Also, i was a bit confused while watching this movie because there are scenes where i was not sure if it's happening then or in his mind. I enjoyed the music and it sound great on my HOMETHEATER. I give this movie 5 stars!!! What?? Yes, 5 stars!!! For an unusual serial killer, good music, good story, and great acting by Mr Bale. Beef paties filled with cheese, potato chips, large ice tea.

Nov 19, 2013
  • IClare rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Provocative. Thought provoking. Interesting. Makes you go hmmm. And it was directed by a woman and the screenplay was written by a woman, which colors it differently--for me, and which I find really intriguing. I want to watch it again because there's definitely some blurred lines between what's reality and what's fantasy or hallucinations. The social commentary is very fitting for today's times. Christian Bale delivers a great performance! I wonder how he slept after making this film.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely dark social satire/crime thriller. Surreal. I find it interesting that I was unaware previously that the director and the screenwriters were female. That puts a different spin on my perspective of the piece. Patrick Bateman is presented as a lunatic in the superficial, overindulgent, self-absorbed 'me' decade; an empty, psychotic narcissist in an empty world of misogynistic, 'Gordon Gekko' greed mongers with too much hair gel, envious of each others business cards. Christian Bale gives a stellar performance. Almost too convincing. The writing is brilliant, directing also. Misandristic? Feminist driven? I'm not sure. You be the judge. It's certainly not a flick I'll watch over and over again, though, that's for sure. A little too creepy. Well done, nevertheless. FIVE STARS.

Dec 17, 2012
  • krystalamanda16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

it was a great movie, but took too long to get to the point. The ending was ridiculous and in my opinion the second one was better and more focused.

Aug 28, 2012
  • lasertravis rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Somehow this movie will always be entertaining to me. The deadpan delivery of Bale saying some of the most funny things while doing some of the most violent things always cracks me up. Filmed beautifully. Great soundtrack. I don't know if it's for everyone, though. Graphic sex and violence. The ending never fails to have me shaking my head, though. Confusing.

Aug 24, 2012
  • kurasawa1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a good movie

May 17, 2012
  • darcerama rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not an easy film to watch, but because the director was a woman, I think she really got to the heart of the themes Christian Bale's character had delusions with. If you view this as an intellectual exercise, then you should definitely watch the extras on the dvd, the genesis of the making of the film from the book is very illuminating.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • krystalamanda16 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Jan 05, 2012
  • kirubelgw rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

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Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Aug 26, 2011
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Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman (lying to Detective Kimball with a fake excuse): "Listen, you'll have to excuse me. I have a lunch meeting with 'Cliff Huxtable' (of The Cosby Show) at the Four Seasons in 20 minutes."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman: "I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don't know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Evelyn Williams: "Thousands of roses, and lots of chocolate truffles. Godiva. And oysters in the half-shell..." Patrick Bateman: (listening to a Walkman, narrating): "I'm trying to listen to the new Robert Palmer tape, but Evelyn, my 'supposed' fiancée, keeps buzzing in my ear." Evelyn Williams: "Annie Leibovitz. We'll get Annie Leibovitz. And we'll have to get someone to videotape. Patrick... we should do it!" Patrick Bateman: "Do what?" Evelyn Williams: "Get married. Have a wedding." Patrick Bateman: "No. I can't take the time off work."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman: "There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there."

Jan 27, 2012
  • cleverconnections rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have to return some video tapes.

Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

[Looking at Paul Allen's business card]
Patrick Bateman: Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God, it even has a watermark!

Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Jean: What's that?
Patrick Bateman: Duct tape. I need it for... taping something.

Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman: Do you know what Ed Gein said about women?
David Van Patten: Ed Gein? The maitre 'd at Canal Bar?
Patrick Bateman: No, serial killer, Wisconsin, the '50s.
Craig McDermott: So what did he say?
Patrick Bateman: "When I see a pretty girl walking down the street, I think two things. One part wants me to take her out, talk to her, be real nice and sweet and treat her right."
David Van Patten: And what did the other part think?
Patrick Bateman: "What her head would look like on a stick... "
[laughs]

Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman: You're a f**king ugly b**ch. I want to stab you to death, and then play around with your blood.

Aug 26, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Patrick Bateman: I don't want to get you drunk, but, ah, that's a very fine Chardonnay you're not drinking.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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