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Film Review: American Hustle

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The new film 'American Hustle' hits theaters nationwide tomorrow in a head-to-head competition with Disney's 'Saving Mr. Banks' and the two movies could not be more different. 'American Hustle' takes place in the mid-1970s and is a fictional account of one of the more notable American political scandals.

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Directed by David O. Russell, the movie remains true to the 1970s, including an amazing soundtrack and not a bra to be found anywhere on screen. Credit should also go to Linus Sangren for his high quality cinematography. Both Christian Bale and Amy Adams deserve to receive Academy Awards for their work in this film. The two's commitment to their roles is impressive. The film opens with Bale engineering one of the most intricate hairpieces ever seen and sporting a pot belly which everyone in the theater hopes will soon get covered by a shirt. Bale has the astounding ability to masterfully transform himself from Patrick Bateman to Trevor Reznik and now Irving Rosenfeld.

Christian Bale plays Irving Rosenfeld, an exceptional con man who teams up with Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), a supposed Brit, and Rosenfeld's equal when it comes to the con game. The film begins with Rosenfeld putting together the most complex hair comb over ever seen and it shows how his health is deteriorating.

Rosenfeld and Prosser eventually meet at a party, then shortly thereafter begin a romantic affair as well as go into business together. Rosenfeld is married to his eccentric wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawerence) who puts their whole scheme into jeopardy along with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). The film also has some fun and interesting appearances by Louie C.K. who plays DiMaso's boss, Stoddard Thorsen, and a brief surprise appearance by Robert De Niro playing a mob boss and does not show up in the credits.

Rosenfeld and Prosser find themselves in an FBI sting and are forced to work with the FBI to avoid going to jail. DiMaso devises an overall plan to put New Jersey political figure heads and power brokers in jail for corruption utilizing the talents of Rosenfeld and Prosser. Rosenfeld befriends Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) who he uses as the hub for putting others in jail using Polito's desire to reinvigorate his city's financial health and the temptation of oil-rich Sheik Abdullah.

I wholeheartedly recommend this movie and though you will need to stay tuned tomorrow for my review of 'Saving Mr. Banks', I think if you had a choice of one movie to see this weekend, it would clearly be 'American Hustle'.

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