Cult Classic: American Psycho (2000)

Posted: April 22, 2013 in Joe Giambrone
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lRCzIaeJio

 
American Psycho was such an odd, disturbing black comedy / satire that a lot of people didn’t know what to think about it.  Reviews were pretty polarized at the time, and yet the film endures as a kind of popular meme, even parodied recently by Huey Lewis and Weird Al Yankovich.

Lewis’ 80’s pop music is cited in the film itself as an example of what American Psycho Patrick Bateman considers the quintessential music of the 1980s Reagan period.  Bateman has a lot of opinions about a lot of things, always trying to find the best of the best, or at least the most expensive, with a quirky Batemanesque appeal.

Case in point, he orders a “real blonde” prostitute from a call girl service.  Only, she’s not exactly what he ordered.  Things end badly.

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The film creates a milieu of Ivy League plutocratic decadence with Wall Street trading types loaded with cash and beyond the touch of what most people call the real world.  It’s not about Bateman exclusively, but about a sickening American aristocracy laid bare for one of their own to go off the deep end.  I’m not sure if the film succeeds at being coherent or consistent thematically.  It is a sort of slasher mind fuck question mark.  But damn, it’s difficult to forget.

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