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American Psycho

Rated R 97 minutes 2000

The grisly murders in this modest proposal (2000), set in 80s Manhattan, are inspired by envy and ennui, and their perpetrator is a suavely pathetic solipsist and independently wealthy executive (Christian Bale). The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won't be able to hear yourself laughing with him. Guinevere Turner and director Mary Harron adapted Bret Easton Ellis's novel; with Willem Dafoe, Chloe Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Reese Witherspoon, and Jared Leto.

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Director: Mary Harron

Producer: Ernie Barbarash, Alessandro Camon, Joseph Drake, Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley, Victoria Hirst, Michael Paseornek, Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Sackman, Clifford Streit and Rob Weiss

Cast: Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Chloƫ Sevigny, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Guinevere Turner, Matt Ross, Bill Sage and Cara Seymour

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