American Hustle Wednesday, 26 June 2019

American Hustle

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Frequent coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Only in America.

  • Starring:

    Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis CK, Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Elisabeth Röhm

  • Directed by:

    David O Russell

  • Running time:

    138 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, hooded, hit with objects, arrested, hit, shoved, kicked, threatened at gunpoint, near-strangled. Smashed windows, broken objects, explosion. Stolen/forged art, fraud. Watergate, Vietnam War mentioned. Arguing, screaming, shouting. Blood/gore: Bloody faces, bloody scratches, grazes, bloody noses, bruising, bandaging, neck brace. Burned skin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing (male-female; female-female), flirting, propositioning, undressing, bum-slapping. A man simulates sex on another man. Exposed breasts, shirtless man, people in swimwear. Cleavage, very skimpy clothing. A near-nude woman performs a striptease. Sex acts mentioned. Infidelity.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A woman smokes a marijuana (implied) joint. A man snorts an unknown substance. A man consumes heart pills. Alcohol (beer, wine, shots, spirits, champagne), intoxication. Smoking (cigars, cigarettes, joint). Gaming tables (craps) seen. Loans, gambling habits, embezzlement mentioned. Club, casino settings.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-word. Name-calling, derogatory terms for women. Slang terms for genitalia and bodily functions. Religious references and exclamations. Mobster, gender, cultural, FBI, racial stereotypes.

  • THEMES:

    Con artists, the Mafia, corruption, bribery, fraud, Atlantic City, surveillance, Duke Ellington, identity, adoption, parenting, infidelity, truth, double crossing, Abscam scandal, distrust.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Adopted child, breakdown, engaged couple. Deceased brother, depression, divorce mentioned. Club, airport, casino settings. Plane, cats (photos), dog, tank fish, toilet. Fur worn, spitting. Bacon, chicken eaten. Brief strobe lighting. Brief Arabic language (subtitled). Loosely based on a true story.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Outrageous, entertaining, sexy, twisty, playful, buoyant, rich, glorious, funny, confident, polished. Terrific cast, invigorating performances, fabulous 1970s style, great hair, juicy characters, energetic soundtrack, flashy period details.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Sprawling, muddled, overlong, undisciplined, overindulgent, murky. Lacks overall tension, soft conclusion, sagging middle, poor pacing, slack story.

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