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Patrick Bateman, a young, well to do man working on wall street at his father's company kills for no reason at all. As his life progresses his hatred for the world becomes more and more intense.
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Strange story
Strange story but very entertaining

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All time Great
If you love the 80s you have to watch it. From the music to the excess its great. Plus the guy likes to kill people always entertaining.

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So literally insane
I can't believe how crazy this film is... I haven't seen anything quite like this other than that korean film old boy... some nutty people out there.

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Christian the Only Saving Grace in This Movie...
I have to say that Christian Bale as patrick bateman was really good in this movie, his character was complex, yet I was a little confused that he would confess towards the end, seemed against what a sociopath like him may do. I was also let down that there wasn't an ending face off with Willem Dafoe, his part playing the detective investigating Paul Allen's disappearance seemed to fall along the wayside. Also, all the supporting characters weren't very interesting, way too superficial and clueless (even though that was probably the intent here, to show the superficial 80s). Anyways, seems to me that all of the supporting characters seemed forgettable except for the hooker that patrick liked to call "kristy", seemed to me she "got him" all along but kept it to herself since she had a "job" to do.

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A great visual and psychological achievement. Christian Bale
The best description of the film's main character, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) comes from Christopher Lehmann-Houpt of The New York Times. "Patrick Bateman lives in a morally flat world in which clothes have more value than skin, objects are worth more than bones, and the human soul is something to be sought with knives and hatchets and drills."

Both leading actors in "American Psycho" have previously portrayed Jesus Christ, Willem Dafoe in "The Last Temptation of Christ," and Christian Bale in "Mary, Mother of Jesus." Talk about versatility. It's probably not a coincidence that Christian Bale was the initial actor of preference for Mary Harron. If an actor can display such a fascinating performance as Jesus Christ, he's more than capable of playing a psychotic serial killer because he already knows the other side of the moral spectrum.

Through the strong central character, "American Psycho" suggests several themes about the 1980's, including society's obsession with outer perfection, conformity, the rising threshold of material fetishism, and the strong desire of stimulation by drugs, sex, money, and power. Patrick Bateman isn't given a back story, however, and the movie doesn't offer his personal history. Bateman has no inside emotions. He reacts by inner impulse alone. He seeks gratification through the sex and drugs, but also by engaging in the homicidal behavior.

"You could describe ‘American Psycho' as a film about perfect surfaces and what might be lurking beneath," says Mary Harron. "Inside, Bateman might want it all to stop, but for him it's a compulsion. He's like the serial killer in M, who says: ‘You have a choice, but I can't help what I am.'"

"American Psycho" initially earned an NC-17 rating, not because of the violence but because of the graphic sexual content. The director's cut is available on videocassette and DVD, which shows the film's three-way sex scene in more disturbing, yet innovative, detail. That's a good thing, if you're not a sensitive viewer, because this film is all about details. The production design, the cinematography, the visual effects, the engaging soundtrack, the quirks each actor masterfully incorporates with their character, and every other aspect of the film is flush in detail.

This is a movie that requires more than one viewing, to experience the surreal visual arena, and to justify what we think actually happened. Perplexingly, the film's conclusion puts the events into question. Did Bateman really kill these people, or did he just really want to? The answers don't come easy, but this is a movie that begs us to look closer…

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Very Bizarre Movie...
This flick shows that some people will do anything to get to the top. My favorite part of this movie is when he is envious of the other guys business card. They spend like 2 minutes talking about the paper it is printed on, and the font...freaking hilarious :)

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I need to return some videotapes...
...but not American Psycho, I'm keeping this movie. If you're a fan of one-liners this movie is simply one of the best. It's downright hilarious in a very twisted sort of way. Christian Bale at his very best. The supporting cast is great and the production is flawless. A seriously good movie!

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My favorite movie
This is my favorite movie of all time. Not only because Patrick Batemen, whom is played by Christian Bale works on Wall Street and does a great job as an actor, but because it is a different kind of business movie from the 80's and gives you something different from the movies that come out today that deal with business, mainly mergers and acquisitions. It is a good movie to watch with your friends, funny at times and has its 'horror movie' scenes but overall it is a great movie.

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Shining a Light on 80's Greed
I just finished watching the movie. It is a great commentary on 1980's greed and the shallowness of the Wall Street world. It provides a glimpse into the world of high finance similar to the famed movie, "Wall Street." However, this one is much darker and more graphic.

In the movie no one know each other's name and everyone talks but no one listens. The highest priority for the characters is getting reservations at the nicest restaurant and having the best business cards. It's a world where people walk into their offices and have absolutely nothing to do in between lunches and drinks with clients. And in that environment one of the characters is a psychopathic killer but no one seems to care.

Are you going to learn anything about finance or the stock market from this movie? No. Is it an entertaining look on the world of finance? Maybe. Is this movie for the faint of heart? Absolutely not.

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Loved It
It is entertaining and often very funny, even when you hope that director Harron will next find a subject that is truly worthy of her considerable talents.

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