Christian Bale’s portrayal of a deranged serial killer in high society helped make Mary Harron’s American Psycho into a cult classic. The film takes a sprawling narrative from Bret Easton Ellis’s novel and turns it into a more focused, deliberate story. Much like the book, the movie was condemned in its time for its violence, misogyny, and overall brutality.
Topics include: the pros and cons of voiceover in film, the effect certain roles can have on actors’ careers, the typography of the business card scene, Tom Cruise’s humanity, Patrick Bateman as a Martian, the possibility that Bateman did actually kill Paul Allen, and the meaning of the ending.
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