American Psycho (movie)

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American Psycho is a 2000 American satirical crime drama movie. It stars Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Chloë Sevigny and Reese Witherspoon. It is set in New York City in the late 1980s. The central character has social anxiety disorder and is a narcissistic psychopath who is an investment banker and serial killer.

The MPAA initially gave the movie an NC-17. Movie makers cut out 18 seconds so it could receive an R rating. The movie is based on a novel by Bret Easton Ellis that is also called American Psycho.

The narrative delves into themes of consumerism, narcissism, and the dehumanizing effects of a materialistic society. "American Psycho" gained attention for its graphic and explicit depictions of violence, which sparked controversy and divided opinions among readers. It has since become a notable work of literature, exploring the darker aspects of human nature and societal critique.

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His life is a sadistic serial killer in Manhattan during the late 1980s. The novel explores themes of consumerism, materialism, and the shallowness of the yuppie culture prevalent at the time.[1] It was later adapted into a film in 2000, starring Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

Bateman's violent impulses escalate, and he begins to target and brutally murder people, particularly women. He methodically plans his killings and revels in the details of his gruesome acts. The narrative becomes a disturbing exploration of Bateman's psyche as he descends further into madness and his actions become increasingly depraved. Throughout the story, Bateman's mental state deteriorates, and he struggles to maintain a semblance of normalcy in his interactions with others. However, his acquaintances and colleagues seem oblivious to his dark side, often mistaking him for other people or disregarding his confessions.

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  1. "Yuppie | Definition, History, Characteristics, & Facts | Britannica". Retrieved 2023-05-31.

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