Essay about Movie Review: American Psycho

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The film American Psycho has strong references to the American consumer culture of elitists in the 1980s. However, the film main reflects popular culture among elitists in the time period but it also applies to a broader spectrum of the population. The main character is personally obsessed in a way with pop culture to be able to emulate others and apply that to how he should act. According to imdb.com this film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on April 14, 2000. At the time it was called a future cult classic, which seems to be the case. The film had originally acquired an NC-17 rating according to wikipedia, but cut out 18 seconds in order to get the rating changed to R. Later, in 2005, the DVD was released in two forms, an …show more content…
As the film progresses it becomes evident of Batemens true nature, a psychopath. His control over his murderous urges deteriorate and by the end of the movie he says "I need to engage in homicidal behavior on a massive scale.." The end of the film has a unique type of cliff hanger which suggests that all the the prior events, including all of the murders, could be just a hallucination. This adds to the films' repeat viewing satisfaction. Box Office Mojo lists American psycho mainly under thriller but also as a dark comedy. These genres are very accurate for the film. However, as with any dark comedy, it may be as revolting to some people as it is humorous to others. It's safe to assume that by and large the general audience will see this movie as a slasher. This film suggests that Americans are noticeably materialistic. In this movie the main character, along with his friends, coworkers and the vast majority of acquaintances, are severely preoccupied with the precision, style and cost of clothing. In the majority of the movie Patrick Batemen, internally, is comparing his style and possessions to everyone elses. He even goes as far as to compare how his business card stacks up against the others. In a humorously ironic speech, Patrick says ".. most importantly we have to promote general social concern, and less materialism.." On the back of the book the script was based on is "The

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