History Film / AmericanHustle

24th Aug '16 4:19:30 PM fearlessnikki
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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: The three principal female characters. Rosalyn is the blonde, Sydney the redhead and Carmine's wife Dolly as the brunette.



* CostumePorn: There's a sequence where Sydney just rifles through all the beautiful 70s dresses Irving has in storage. Not to mention that she's wearing a fashionable elaborate outfit in most of her scenes.
* CrazyCatLady: Brenda, who Sydney convinces to wire the $2 million into the fake Sheik's account. She has posters of her cats in her office.



* DisposableFiance: Richie's appears in one scene, then disappears.



* TheFace: Sydney is an excellent social manipulator through her ability to read people. She snags a lot of cons just from being sweet and charming, and secures Richie the money he needs to pull off the fake bank account just by being friendly to the woman who can do so.



* GreyAndGrayMorality: A theme of the movie is that there are no clear-cut heroes or villains. The con-artists, although they make a living scamming the desperate, are also being taken advantage of by a larger corrupt system. The corrupt politician is genuinely idealistic and altruistic and reasons that his corrupt activities are his best way of improving the lives of the people he represents. Rosalyn may be manipulative, but she is also deeply hurt by her husband's affair with Sydney. And the FBI agent is violently unstable, hot-headed and, it's heavily implied, is addicted to cocaine. ''All'' the main characters are also cheating on their partners.

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* GreyAndGrayMorality: GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Irving and Sydney are having an affair, despite Irving being married to Rosalyn. This is shown to be okay because Rosalyn refuses to get a divorce and it's implied she will use Danny to manipulate Irving into doing what she wants. This conflict is why Sydney considers being with Richie - whose cheating on his fiance barely gets a mention. All of it flows perfectly with the below trope.
* GreyAndGrayMorality:
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A theme of the movie is that there are no clear-cut heroes or villains. The con-artists, although they make a living scamming the desperate, are also being taken advantage of by a larger corrupt system. The corrupt politician is genuinely idealistic and altruistic and reasons that his corrupt activities are his best way of improving the lives of the people he represents. Rosalyn may be manipulative, but she is also deeply hurt by her husband's affair with Sydney. And the FBI agent is violently unstable, hot-headed and, it's heavily implied, is addicted to cocaine. ''All'' the main characters are also cheating on their partners.



* LettingHerHairDown: Done the other way round. Rosalyn wears her hair up throughout the movie, where she's depressed. In her and Irving's wedding photo (and they were implied to be happier at the start) her hair is down.



--> "Say what you will about him, at least he's consistent."

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--> "Say "Maybe we're both gross inside, and that's what you will Irving loves about him, at us. At least he's consistent."


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** Carmine's wife Dolly acts as the voice of reason during the party when Rosalyn and Sydney are arguing.


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* ReformedButRejected: [[spoiler: When Carmine finds out the truth, he breaks off his friendship with Irving, despite the latter having been reformed through it]].


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* TheThreeFacesOfEve: The three prominent females fall into these roles more or less. Rosalyn is the child - very naive and immature. Dolly is the wife - the only well-adjusted woman in the film and HappilyMarried to Carmine. Sydney is the seductress - she's dressed seductively and employs a HoneyTrap to con people. This is emphasised in the one scene where all three appear together - Rosalyn wears [[WomanInWhite white]], Dolly wears [[TrueBlueFemininity blue]] and Sydney wears a [[EverythingsBetterWithSparkles sparkly dress]] with AbsoluteCleavage.


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* UglyGuyHotWife: Irving is overweight, balding and hairy everywhere else. He's married to a beautiful blonde (albeit one with severe SanitySlippage) and is in love with an equally glamorous redhead. Sydney even lampshades this in her narration, saying although he wasn't attractive at all she was still drawn to him.
23rd Aug '16 11:34:37 AM fearlessnikki
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* AbsoluteCleavage: Sydney is dressed like this in multiple scenes.
** Amy Adams's dress at the 2014 Golden Globes also had a plunging neckline, leading to some jokes that she had "stayed in-character."

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* AbsoluteCleavage: Sydney is dressed like this in multiple scenes.
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scenes. Amy Adams's dress at the 2014 Golden Globes also had a plunging neckline, leading to some jokes that she had "stayed in-character."



* ByronicHeroine: Sydney, oh so very much. More than any of the others, she struggles deeply with herself over her path in life. It's strongly indicated early on that she's long adopted a highly Romantic view towards the life of a con artist who thumbs their nose at the structures of society. Her arc has her going through a ''deep'' emotional ringer. It's even implied that part of her sees a potential chance for redemption in the possibility of choosing Richie over Irving, until she realizes he's not so straight-and-narrow after all.

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* ByronicHeroine: ByronicHeroine:
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Sydney, oh so very much. More than any of the others, she struggles deeply with herself over her path in life. It's strongly indicated early on that she's long adopted a highly Romantic view towards the life of a con artist who thumbs their nose at the structures of society. Her arc has her going through a ''deep'' emotional ringer. It's even implied that part of her sees a potential chance for redemption in the possibility of choosing Richie over Irving, until she realizes he's not so straight-and-narrow after all.



** TheConWithinACon: Irving and Sydney's exit strategy. They know Richie's grand plan to nab not only the corrupt politicians, but also high-ranking mafia man Victor Tellegio, will ultimately lead to their deaths as they are the only viable targets the mafia can punish. So they [[spoiler:con Richie into thinking he wired cash to Tellegio when he really wired it to them so that they can use it to buy their immunity from prosecution and safety from the mafia.]]

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** * TheConWithinACon: Irving and Sydney's exit strategy. They know Richie's grand plan to nab not only the corrupt politicians, but also high-ranking mafia man Victor Tellegio, will ultimately lead to their deaths as they are the only viable targets the mafia can punish. So they [[spoiler:con Richie into thinking he wired cash to Tellegio when he really wired it to them so that they can use it to buy their immunity from prosecution and safety from the mafia.]]



* EveryoneHasStandards: Sydney may be a conwoman but she is disgusted by how Rosalyn likes to use her son to manipulate Irving.



* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Carmine's friendship helps Irving reform.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: HeelFaceTurn:
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[[spoiler: Carmine's friendship helps Irving reform.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Irving goes through this when [[spoiler: Carmine goes down.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
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Irving goes through this when [[spoiler: Carmine goes down.]]


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* NeverMyFault: Rosalyn has a way of twisting things whenever she messes up so that she makes it sound like she was right all along. When she breaks the microwave by putting metal in it (after Irving specifically told her ''not'' to), she cites an article she read about how microwaves suck the nutrients out of food and says "thank God for me". Later she [[spoiler: blows the whistle on Irving's con, and tries to frame it like it was done out of wanting to give Irv some motivation]].


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* NotSoDifferent: Rosalyn pulls this one on Sydney, suggesting that they're both disgusting and that's why Irving likes them.
--> "Say what you will about him, at least he's consistent."
24th Mar '16 8:49:18 AM ObsidianFire
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* NoodleIncident: The ending to the ice fishing story. Richie keeps interrupting Stoddard, dismissing him by [[GenreSavvy claiming to know what's the end of the story]], and straight up ignoring him by the end. [[spoiler:WordOfGod says it's about his brother taking a shit on the ice.]]

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* NoodleIncident: The ending to the ice fishing story. Richie keeps interrupting Stoddard, dismissing him by [[GenreSavvy claiming to know what's the end of the story]], story, and straight up ignoring him by the end. [[spoiler:WordOfGod says it's about his brother taking a shit on the ice.]]
14th Oct '15 10:05:10 PM Cindylover1969
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* MaleGaze: The camera just ''loves'' ogling Creator/AmyAdams in this film--constantly panning up her legs and focusing on her cleavage. [[BestKnownForTheFanservice Safe to say the male audience got their money's worth.]]

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* MaleGaze: The camera just ''loves'' ogling Creator/AmyAdams in this film--constantly panning up her legs and focusing on her cleavage. (Ironically, her one topless shot is not lingered on in the least.) [[BestKnownForTheFanservice Safe to say the male audience got their money's worth.]]
4th Sep '15 3:52:27 AM RushLimborg
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** Amy Adams also struggles to maintain a (real-world convincing) English accent throughout her time as 'Lady Edith'. [[FridgeBrilliance Though that may be part of the point.]]

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** Amy Adams also struggles to maintain a (real-world convincing) English accent throughout her time as 'Lady Edith'. [[FridgeBrilliance [[InUniverse Though that may be part of the point.]]
4th Sep '15 3:48:22 AM RushLimborg
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Irving goes through this when [[spoiler: Carmine goes down.]]
** Sidney's scream in the stall could easily count as this, following her going full-fledged into seducing Richie.



** Amy Adams also struggles to maintain a (real-world convincing) English accent throughout her time as 'Lady Edith'.

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** Amy Adams also struggles to maintain a (real-world convincing) English accent throughout her time as 'Lady Edith'. [[FridgeBrilliance Though that may be part of the point.]]
4th Sep '15 3:42:55 AM RushLimborg
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** Proof of how "larger-than-life" her inner struggles are: In the end of the memorable "disco" sequence, after she and Irving make out in the stall, Sydney has Irving leave...and when she's alone, her angst comes out in full force as a ''scream''.

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** Proof of how "larger-than-life" her inner struggles are: In the end of the memorable "disco" sequence, after she and Irving Richie make out in the stall, Sydney has Irving him leave...and when she's alone, her angst comes out in full force as a ''scream''.
27th Aug '15 2:46:27 PM RushLimborg
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- [[KirkSumnation when Sydney calls out Rosalyn for manipulating Irving and being "gross inside",]] [[ShutUpKirk Rosalyn replies that Sydney must be gross inside too,]] because of her con-artist lifestyle, and that maybe [[NotSoDifferent "that's what Irving loves about us".]] What makes this brutal is that, however malicious and generally unlikable she is, [[DumbassHasAPoint everything Rosalyn says is true.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- [[KirkSumnation [[KirkSummation when Sydney calls out Rosalyn for manipulating Irving and being "gross inside",]] [[ShutUpKirk Rosalyn replies that Sydney must be gross inside too,]] because of her con-artist lifestyle, and that maybe [[NotSoDifferent "that's what Irving loves about us".]] What makes this brutal is that, however malicious and generally unlikable she is, [[DumbassHasAPoint everything Rosalyn says is true.]]
27th Aug '15 2:43:51 PM RushLimborg
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** [[spoiler: Rosalyn, who's done nothing but cause trouble and make life harder for everyone she knows, finds happiness with a mobster.]]
27th Aug '15 2:40:15 PM RushLimborg
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- when Sydney calls out Rosalyn for manipulating Irving and being "gross inside", Rosalyn replies that Sydney must be gross inside too, because of her con-artist lifestyle, "that's what Irving loves about us". What makes this brutal is that [[DumbassHasAPoint everything Rosalyn says is true.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- [[KirkSumnation when Sydney calls out Rosalyn for manipulating Irving and being "gross inside", inside",]] [[ShutUpKirk Rosalyn replies that Sydney must be gross inside too, too,]] because of her con-artist lifestyle, and that maybe [[NotSoDifferent "that's what Irving loves about us". us".]] What makes this brutal is that that, however malicious and generally unlikable she is, [[DumbassHasAPoint everything Rosalyn says is true.]]
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