"Thus open the gates of paradise."

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American Psycho

06 Apr 2002

I suspect there's not going to be a lot of middle ground when it comes to talking about this film. There are who that find nothing redeeming in, claiming it's nothing but a lot of unconnected violent episodes. And it's true, there is a certain amount of violence involved, some physical, much of it implied. Now if you don't like kind of thing, and you find yourself about to watch it, then start with this germ of an idea, it will see you through to the end credits: It's political allegory.

The real American Psycho.
From the Official Web Site

No, really. It is. The main character represents the United States -- strong, well-dressed, superficial. He buys what he is sold, treats pop culture with the academic rigor usually reserved for Chaucer. When asked how the world could be improved, words like "human rights", "women's rights", and "affordable housing" shoot off his tongue with barely a synapse firing, but it's all so much chin music. When confronted with an actual street person, he makes no attempt to hide his contempt and disgust. That's America, isn't it?

He's unstoppable. He does whatever he wants, and others may put up feeble protests, but in a practical sense, there's just no stopping him. Are there any police the story? Not a one. The USA has allegedly separated church and state (Right? Right?), and so who is it that our hero confesses to at the end of the film? His rabbi or priest? No -- his lawyer.

You can take this as far you have patience. I did it for a whole night and had the most delightful time doing it. You could also go see watch Christian Bale do a fabulous bit of work.

So yeah, I had a good time at this.

Related Sites

American Psycho (Official Web Site)
American Psycho (IMDB)
About the book by Bret Ellis (Random House)
Christian Bale's Web Site (A bit self-aggrandizing)