The In Name Only
movie sequel American Psycho 2: All American Girl
has only a tenuous connection with the original. Narrator
Rachel Newman (Mila Kunis
) is studying criminal psychology at college, her ambition being to join the FBI at Quantico to hunt serial killers. Her classmates have the same ambition. And since only the top student gets an offer, she starts killing those ahead of her and anyone else who gets in the way. Good performances and plenty of Black Humor
make it quite smilar in style to both the book and first movie.
...of course, the entire idea
of a sequel to American Psycho
is probably a deal-breaker to a lot of people. Particularly given that, frankly, this one's just another slasher movie, and it contains absolutely none of the Mind Screw
elements nor satire over the 80's yuppie movement the original was ripe with.
Provides Examples of:
- Dolled-Up Installment: The original script had nothing to do with American Psycho. See Working Title.
- Electric Boogaloo: The title suggests a much stronger connection with the original than there really is. You don't need to have read or seen the original to enjoy this movie.
- Karma Houdini: Rachel keeps getting away with one murder after another despite all the mounting evidence.
- Mind Screwdriver: The original kept it ambiguous whether Patrick Bateman killed anyone. According to this movie, he did.
- Motive Decay: Rachel kills a few people who have nothing to do with her overall scheme.
- Police Are Useless: Literally.
- Plot Hole: In the flashback at the start Rachel's narration says there was nothing connecting her to the murder scene, even though a cleaning lady witnessed her leaving the room.
- The intro has Patrick Bateman performing a murder that is completely unlike any of the crimes from his own story.
- Psycho Strings: Subverted. Rachel commits her murders with bouncy upbeat backing music.
- Serial Killer: Rachel, obviously.
- Sociopathic Hero: Rachel believes she is doing good: as she explains, killing a few classmates now will be completely justified by all the lives she saves as an FBI agent. Then it all becomes meaningless; she's killing her rivals to become a certain professor's TA, and he goes on sabbatical when she kills the student he's sleeping with— he won't have a TA.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Patrick, in the intro.
- Twist Ending: While you'd be right to suspect that Rachel doesn't really die in a car crash, exactly where she returns (and who as) is nicely done.