There are not many things more entertaining than J-Law’s madcap performance in American Hustle…unless it’s Bradley Cooper’s jerry curls.
American Hustle is a crime-comedy-drama inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 80s. Irving Rosenfeld, played by Christian Bale, is a part-time small-town businessman, and part-time con man. Rosenfeld meets Sydney Prosser, played by Amy Adams, at a friend’s party and they immediately fall in love. Rosenfeld and Prosser become partners in a con that revolves around embezzling money from desperate men. One of their victims turns out to be an FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, played by Bradley Cooper. DiMaso recruits Rosenfeld and Prosser to assist in an FBI operation. Chaos ensues.
Jennifer Lawrence plays Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Irving Rosenfeld’s neurotic, hilarious wife. Rosalyn refuses to divorce Irving, despite their age difference and negligent marriage. She drives Irving crazy, but he can’t help but love her unhinged personality. Lawrence plays Rosenfeld so well you would think she was a Native Long Islander and not a Louisvillian.
American Hustle is a striking and comedic portrait of the world of 1970s Jersey powerbrokers, con men and Mafioso. The atrocious hairstyles (Bradley Cooper’s hilarious perm or Christian Bale’s fantastic comb-over), theatrical costuming (Lawrence wears a stunning white evening gown worthy of any red carpet, Adams’ braless shirts are sure to spark a trend) and over-the-top characters could have tipped American Hustle into the realm of the ridiculous, but the elements come together beautifully. Like Lawrence’s Rosalyn, this movie is manic, hysterical, fascinating and lovable.
Appearances by Robert Di Nero, Jeremy Renner, Louis C.K, and many others make American Hustle a talent-laden box office hit. Lawrence has already been nominated for several awards for the performance, including a Golden Globe, and Oscar buzz has already started.
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