History Film / AmericanHustle

13th Feb '17 6:28:59 AM axle-k89
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Rosalyn calls Sydney one in the bathroom scene for calling out Rosalyn for flirting with Pete when Sydney has been pursuing an affair with Irving for "how many years" as Rosalyn puts it.
* IJustWantToBeLoved: Rosalyn turns out to be this, as revealed in her big argument with Irving near the end. [[spoiler:She tells him, in a voice full of tears, how she hates that Irving leaves her at home on her own all day, because all she's ever wanted was for him to love her, and how hurt she is by Irving's affair with Sydney. By that time, she has found solace with Pete and wants to go to Miami with him, screaming at Irving, "I've finally found somebody who loves me! Just like you've always wanted!"]]


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* SharpDressedMan: Irving, Carmine and [=DiMaso=] in most of their scenes. Justified in Carmine's case because he is a mayor.


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* WomanInWhite: Sydney during the pool party scene where she and Irving first meet.
* WomanScorned: [[spoiler:Double-subverted with Rosalyn. She's obviously upset about the affair Irving is having with Sydney but doesn't do anything about it until she and Sydney meet in person. She retaliates by giving Sydney a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech (Sydney gives Rosalyn one too in the same scene), pursuing an affair of her own with Pete, and telling him about Irving's plans, which gets Irving choked and almost strangled. Rosalyn shouts in her argument with Irving that she did it because of how upset she was that Irving doesn't seem to love her any more.]]
11th Feb '17 9:56:42 PM AJD
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** Jennifer Lawrence's fake New Jersey accent is done fairly well, but suffers slippage during certain words and vocal sounds.

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** Jennifer Lawrence's fake New Jersey accent is done fairly well, but suffers slippage during certain words and vocal sounds.extremely incomplete.



** Averted by the British Christian Bale, whose Long Island dialect remains steadfast throughout... even in the face of Amy Adams affecting an English accent in many of their scenes together.

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** Averted by the British Christian Bale, whose Long Island New York dialect remains steadfast throughout... even in the face of Amy Adams affecting an English accent in many of their scenes together.
11th Feb '17 9:55:08 PM AJD
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** Who knew the Italian gangster could speak Arabic? [[spoiler:Fortunately, the Mexican FBI agent playing the part of the Arab money man could too but no one knew that beforehand.]]

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** Who knew the Italian gangster could speak Arabic? [[spoiler:Fortunately, the Mexican FBI agent playing the part of the Arab money man could too but no one knew that beforehand.]]
11th Feb '17 9:16:32 PM AJD
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* CorruptPolitician: [[spoiler: Averted with Mayor Polito. He turns out to be a NiceGuy and good family man who genuinely cared for his constituents and the state of New Jersey. He only got involved in order to help his community and not for personal enrichment. Irving admits at the end that even the less-high-minded politicians caught in the sting were on a spectrum, some being almost as clean as Polito and others dirty as sin.]]

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* CorruptPolitician: [[spoiler: Averted Subverted with Mayor Polito. He turns out to be a NiceGuy and good family man who genuinely cared for his constituents and the state of New Jersey. He only got involved in order to help his community and not for personal enrichment. Irving [[spoiler:Irving admits at the end that even the less-high-minded politicians caught in the sting were on a spectrum, some being almost as clean as Polito and others dirty as sin.]]
11th Feb '17 9:10:28 PM AJD
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The plot revolves around Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), a brilliant small-time con-artist who, with his lover Sydney Presser (Adams) posing as a well-connected British aristocrat, runs a successful fraudulent loans operation out of a chain of dry-cleaners. The good times are brought to a rapid halt, however, when they're busted by ambitious FBI agent Rich [=DiMaso=] (Cooper), who uses the threat of jail time to force them into working for him as part of a sting operation to expose local corruption in New Jersey, beginning with Carmine Polito (Renner), the idealistic mayor of Camden. [=DiMaso=] soon sets his sights on higher targets, however, and there's also Rosenfeld's highly unstable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence), whose suspicions about her husband's extra-marital activities put everyone at risk.

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The plot revolves around Irving Rosenfeld (Bale), a brilliant small-time con-artist who, with his lover Sydney Presser Prosser (Adams) posing as a well-connected British aristocrat, runs a successful fraudulent loans operation out of a chain of dry-cleaners. The good times are brought to a rapid halt, however, when they're busted by ambitious FBI agent Rich [=DiMaso=] (Cooper), who uses the threat of jail time to force them into working for him as part of a sting operation to expose local corruption in New Jersey, beginning with Carmine Polito (Renner), the idealistic mayor of Camden. [=DiMaso=] soon sets his sights on higher targets, however, and there's also Rosenfeld's highly unstable wife Rosalyn (Lawrence), whose suspicions about her husband's extra-marital activities put everyone at risk.
28th Nov '16 9:10:45 AM axle-k89
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* AlliterativeName: Two. Anthony Amado and Rosalyn Rosenfeld.


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* MeaningfulName: Carmine Polito. With a surname like that, it's no wonder he went into politics and became a mayor.
22nd Nov '16 5:30:11 PM fearlessnikki
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* ImprobableAge: Rosalyn already has a son who can't be younger than eight and has been married to Irving for years, despite being played by the twenty-three-year-old Jennifer Lawrence. Her real life counterpart was in her forties at the time of the ABSCAM scandal.



* MissingTrailerScene: Carmine's spiel about his father teaching him that "All people are good and to be good to all people" is left out of the final film.



* MsFanservice: Sydney.

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* MsFanservice: Sydney.Sydney is a DeconstructedCharacterArchetype. Her status as TheVamp is entirely a fake character she's created to fool people, because she's so terrified to face who she really is. She eventually can't handle the fakery and just wants to settle down and begin again. She describes 'Edith' as someone she created "because I needed her to survive."



** Sidney's scream in the stall could easily count as this, following her going full-fledged into seducing Richie.

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** Sidney's Sydney'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'. [[InUniverse 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'. [[InUniverse Though that may be part of the point.]]]][[note]]Amy Adams described her as someone who saw a couple of movies and based her accent off that. In the 70s there wouldn't have been many opportunities for Sydney to really have time to study a real English accent.[[/note]]
22nd Nov '16 3:12:03 AM axle-k89
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* {{Dramatization}}: The film is based on the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscam ABSCAM]] FBI operation and the participation of con artist, Mel Weinberg (the man Bale's character is based on), in the operation.



* CryIntoChest: After the tense confrontation in the bathroom between Sydney and Rosalyn, Rosalyn leaves and bumps into Pete. Moments later, when Sydney passes them, Rosalyn is hugging Pete and sobbing into Pete's chest.



* {{Dramatization}}: The film is based on the real life [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abscam ABSCAM]] FBI operation and the participation of con artist, Mel Weinberg (the man Bale's character is based on), in the operation.



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- [[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.]]

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Rosalyn gives a pretty brutal one to Sydney -- [[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 unlikeable she is, [[DumbassHasAPoint everything Rosalyn says is true.]]



* 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.

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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.him due to his confidence.
24th Oct '16 5:55:18 PM nombretomado
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The film earned 10 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nominations but went home empty-handed, becoming the third nominated film with no wins and tied with ''GangsOfNewYork'' and ''TrueGrit'' for second place among the biggest losers in Academy history. It is also the [[RuleOfThree third]] Oscar-nominated film where all of four acting categories didn't win any since ''My Man Godfrey'' in 1936 and ''Sunset Boulevard'' in 1950. (It did score big at the box office, however, taking in just over $150 million domestically and a further $101 million elsewhere.)

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The film earned 10 [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]] nominations but went home empty-handed, becoming the third nominated film with no wins and tied with ''GangsOfNewYork'' ''Film/GangsOfNewYork'' and ''TrueGrit'' for second place among the biggest losers in Academy history. It is also the [[RuleOfThree third]] Oscar-nominated film where all of four acting categories didn't win any since ''My Man Godfrey'' in 1936 and ''Sunset Boulevard'' in 1950. (It did score big at the box office, however, taking in just over $150 million domestically and a further $101 million elsewhere.)
15th Oct '16 5:22:56 AM axle-k89
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* BoxedCrook: Richie orders Irving and Sydney to line up arrests for him because he doesn't want to see Sydney go to prison.
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