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Release Date: April 14, 2000

Starring: Christian Bale, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, Willem Dafoe, & Jared Leto

Genre: Horror

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 minutes

Address Comments To:

Tom Ortenburg & Mark Urman, Co-Presidents
Lions Gate Releasing
561 Broadway
Suite 12B
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 966-4670
Fax: (212) 966-2544
Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

Content:

(HH, PCPC, FeFe, PaPaPa, HoHo, LLL, VVV, SSS, NNN, AA, DD, MM) Humanistic, politically-correct feminist worldview of disturbed Wall Street executive who has homicidal fantasies of murder, sex & cannibalism with some brief but strong images of homosexual acts between women & one character makes a homosexual pass; at least 42 mostly strong obscenities & 20 mostly mild profanities; extreme graphic violence shown including man swings ax into other man’s body, images of blood spurting, man stabs homeless man to death, man stabs woman to death under bedsheets, man covered in blood runs down hall while carrying chainsaw, man drops chainsaw onto woman running down stairs, several handgun murders including gunfight with cops, cop car explodes, & many images of blood-covered corpses; strong, excessive scenes of depicted sex including pornographic videos; explicit male & female nudity; alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking, cocaine use & disturbed man pops pills; and, prostitution, sado-masochism & deceit.

Summary:

Christian Bale plays the title role in AMERICAN PSYCHO, which takes an artsy, politically correct attitude toward the perennial slasher movie. The homicidal rampage of a young, competitive Wall Street executive is revealed to be merely the fantasies of a very disturbed individual.

Review:

Christian Bale plays the title role in AMERICAN PSYCHO, which takes an artsy, politically correct attitude toward the perennial slasher movie. Patrick Bateman, the title character, is a cold, competitive Wall Street executive in the mid-1980s who, throughout most of the movie, goes on a homicidal spree of murder, sadomasochism and cannibalism. At the end, however, the movie contends that the disturbed young man was simply having homicidal fantasies. In a crucial scene, his secretary finds his appointment book filled with graphic drawings depicting all the murderous, sick things that the rest of the movie directly or indirectly shows him doing.

Bale gives a complex performance of a very disturbed person, but this movie exists as nothing more than a politically-correct, humanistic diatribe meant to titillate American pagans. The Marxist, feminist confusion of AMERICAN PSYCHO is that capitalism breeds psychopathic sexists. Furthermore, although the movie tones down the violence depicted in the book on which it’s based, the stylized, satirical way in which it portrays a homicidal maniac will eventually attract copycat killers. It is extremely doubtful that the filmmakers will claim responsibility for that psychotic behavior when it finally occurs.

In Brief:

Christian Bale plays the title role in AMERICAN PSYCHO, which takes an artsy, politically correct attitude toward the perennial slasher movie. Patrick Bateman, the title character, is a cold, competitive Wall Street executive in the mid-1980s who, throughout most of the movie, goes on a homicidal spree of murder, sadomasochism and cannibalism. At the end, however, the movie contends that the disturbed young man was simply having homicidal fantasies. In a crucial scene, his secretary finds his appointment book filled with graphic drawings depicting all the murderous, sick things that the rest of the movie directly or indirectly shows him doing.

Bale gives a complex performance of a very disturbed person, but this movie exists as nothing more than a politically-correct, humanistic diatribe meant to titillate American pagans. The Marxist, feminist confusion of AMERICAN PSYCHO is that capitalism breeds psychopathic sexists. Furthermore, although the movie tones down the violence depicted in the book on which it is based, the stylized, satirical way in which it portrays a homicidal maniac will eventually attract copycat killers. It is extremely doubtful that the filmmakers will claim responsibility for that psychotic behavior when it finally occurs