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Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) dabbles in forgery and loan-sharking, but when he falls for fellow grifter Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), things change in a big way. Caught red-handed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), Irv and Sydney are forced to work under cover as part of DiMaso's sting operation to nail a New Jersey mayor (Jeremy Renner). Meanwhile, Irv's jealous wife (Jennifer Lawrence) may be the one to bring everyone's world crashing down. Based on the 1970s Abscam case.
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Russell is far more interested in character than plot development, and that allows American Hustle to offer a real crowd-pleasing experience - one with profound social commentary.
"American Hustle" immerses you in its pounding intensity from the very beginning, and it only accelerates from there.
An extremely entertaining, brilliantly acted, highly diverting film which — like all hustles — delivers less than it promises. Still, it’s worth being taken for the ride.
These characters' struggles and bad choices also point us to the idea that anyone, given enough desperation, might bend the rules a bit if survival is what's at stake.