BY LANCE AVERY MORGAN
It might be the best film about the 70’s to appear this decade. Opening nationwide on Friday, December 20th, this like-real fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation. American Hustle tells the story of inventive con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale, bloated and wearing a comb-over hairpiece), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (the stunning and cleavage-exploding Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (permed and leisure-suited Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enticing.
The always-stellar Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (blond and New Jersey-accented Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Robert DeNiro makes a career-enhancing cameo that is truly memorable, too.
Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. Directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon. Released by Columbia Pictures.