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"American Psycho" is a 2000 American psychological black comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Chloë Sevigny, Samantha Mathis, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, and Reese Witherspoon. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2000, and was released theatrically on April 14, 2000. The film received generally positive reviews and was a financial success with critics mainly praising the screenplay and Christian Bale's performance.

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Google previewThe Contemporary American Novel in Context (2011)

by Andrew Dix, Brian Jarvis, Paul Jenner

American Psycho is a wilfully numbing antinovel which attempts to shortcircuit the commodification of critique by deliriously performing its own commodification. Somewhat perversely, perhaps, we might say that critique appears here as its ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction (2009)

by Bran Nicol

American Psycho is an urgent, heartfelt critique of our affectless culture. Its credentials as such are absolutely clear, in fact. The novel's third epigraph is a couplet from a song by the band Talking Heads (surely, we suspect, much more to Ellis's ...

Google previewNorman Mailer's Later Fictions (2010)

Ancient Evenings through Castle in the Forest by J. Whalen-Bridge

American Psycho is an extreme and maximal form ofthis “postmodern” impulse to inventorise (Frow 27–28), and it is this extremity that qualitatively distinguishes it from Mailer's contract whodunit. Paradoxically, the Mailer text that most closely ...

Google previewSorry! (2013)

The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings

Curiously, one of the three epigraphs to Bret Easton Ellis's notoriously grisly novel American Psycho is a quotation from Miss Manners: One of the major mistakes people make is that they think manners are only the expression of happy ideas.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Contemporary Writers and Their Work (2015)

by Brian Jones

Narrated inthe first personand structured likeaday planner, American Psycho satirizes theexcesses and savagery latent in ReaganismandYuppie culture. Ellis's third novel recallshis favorite themesof youthful apathy and privileged discontent, ...

Google previewThe A to Z Encyclopedia of Serial Killers (2012)

by Harold Schechter

American Psycho. Bret Easton Ellis's notorious bestseller— which set off a feminist firestorm when it was originally published — is actually a savagely dark comedy about Yuppie consumerism, though its scenes of stomach-churning sadism ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Novel (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock, James P. Werlock

American Psycho 1991 Work Author: Bret EastonEllis Ellis's ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of American Cinema (2011)

by Keith M. Booker

and SAYLES, JOHN ~ 317 American Psycho (2000).

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Popular Fiction (2009)

by Geoff Hamilton, Brian Jones

Compared to the two other amoral and so- phisticated serial killers famous in 1991—Hannibal Lecter in The siLence oF tHe LaMBs and Patrick Bateman in American Psycho—Highsmith's character seems at times almost quaint. Ripley misses ...

Google previewAmerican Countercultures: An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Nonconformists, Alternative Lifestyles, and Radical Ideas in U.S. History by Gina Misiroglu

American Psycho (2000), and Saved! (2004). Richard Panchyk See also: Environmentalism; McCarthyism.

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