If you are a fan of Christian Bale, you may have heard of the American Psycho movie. Although Christian Bale is English, he plays an American with a flawless accent. I did not like American Psycho too much the first time I saw it. As time went by, however, the film grew on me. I will be talking about the movie, because I have not read the novel completely.
The Synopsis of American Psycho is that a man named Patrick Bateman is one of the many vice Presidents of Pierce & Pierce, a fictional company. It is implied that his father owns the company, and basically Bateman has nothing to do but waste time. He uses this time to torture prostitutes with clothes hangers, axe apart co-workers, and chase a woman with a chainsaw down a hallway…. while naked. Yes, Christian Bale is naked in this movie, ladies.
Analysis, Meaning, and Explanation
Many people question about the meaning of the story. American Psycho spends a lot of time making fun of the 80s. From the odd food combinations to the hilarious fads, the film covers it all. The time period is a central theme, covered broadly as Patrick Bateman refers to popular music and even strolls the hallway wearing a Walkman. The drug of choice during the 80s was cocaine. In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman’s lover is constantly on drugs. There is a club scene where there is a long bathroom line of people waiting to do drugs in the stalls.
Another major theme of American Psycho is how much people act alike. The people at Pierce & Pierce cannot tell each other apart, as referenced many times. Which brings me to the ending.
The Ending of American Psycho
In the end of the movie, Patrick Bateman confessed to his lawyer all the things he has done. He admits that he killed Paul Allen. His lawyer refuses to believe him because he said he had dinner with Paul ten days ago. This is ironic. When Bateman becomes fully aware of his situation, the world he lives in will not allow him to concede.
Popular Quotes From American Psycho
There are many memorable quotes. Here are just a few.
There is a fucking milligram of sweetener. I want to get high of this, not sprinkle it on my fucking oatmeal.
Not a menorah. You spin a dreidel.
Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh, my God. It even has a watermark.
I have to return some video tapes.
This movie is a cult classic, one of the best. Every time I watch it, I see something I’ve missed. So be sure to see it often. (affiliate link)