The brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent named Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. And Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. While Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down on all of them…

“American Hustle” is a fictionalized telling of the Abscam (short for Arab scam) scandal of the late 1970s and early 1980s, an FBI operation that began as an investigation of trafficking in stolen property, but was later expanded to include political corruption. It has received a lot of good words, but while it contains of good performances (sometimes it´s hard to take it fully seriously though as most characters in the movie has the strangest hairdos seen on film the past years), it felt like one long celebration to the movie itself (and its cleverness) with prolonged boring dialogues and the fact that you simply don´t give a damn about any of the characters as they have no likable or interesting layers. Yes, David O. Russell has created a period piece that looks “correct”, but the content is empty and the conclusion becomes just an “Ok?”. The sense of “wow, let´s just make up stuff as we go along” feeling is evident and that creates a flat result. Amy Adams does look stunning as always, but that doesn´t save the movie from being just a glitzy 70s disco footnote period piece with weird hairdos. (3 out of 5)

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