Anyway, American Hustle is based off of a true event of being hustled. It starts off with two lovebirds named Irving and Sydney (who is under a pseudonym, Edith) who meet and begin a con business with paintings and such. Oh, and did I mention this takes place in the 70's? To make it go even farther, there's the old fashioned Columbia Pictures logo at the beginning. Then one day, an FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper ends up convincing them to help them con other conmen by setting up a situation at the Plaza hotel and catch them on camera so that they won't go to jail. Overtime, things get rather bumpy for the relationship between these characters, mostly because Irving's partner in crime is a girl and he already has a wife named Rosalind, played by Jennifer Lawrence. Plus, Irving's partner is starting to fall for the FBI agent.
Bottom line, I felt this movie had a chance of being like the 2002 Catch me if you Can, which I loathed, only with a better climax. I started losing a bit of hope after this was marked as just a Drama. 2 and 15 minute Drama? Count me out. The movie goes downhill pretty much as soon as it begins, Irving trying to fix his combover, and while his hair is certainly funky, it's a weak attempt at humour. Plus, this movie has no idea what it wants to be about. A movie about corruption and there's a love triangle in it? Ugh. The scenes are all over the place so much that after about 25 minutes, I was confused and lost. There are only a few times where guns have to come into effect, and there is almost no fighting whatsoever. Would it have killed David o'Russell to have some sort of resistance during an arrest or a chase scene? That's what I live for in a movie. Whenever it isn't in a love relationship that I wanted them to stop talking about, it talks about a plan where I couldn't even figure out who the target was. The only good thing I can say is the acting, for some of the time. I liked Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, they knew how to dish out a line. They had nothing to deliver, though.
And here's the amazing part. I saw this at the Galaxy Theatre with some friends, and I got so bored that I snuck into Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a movie I had already seen and only moderately liked, to feel better about the money I wasted. Boooooooring!, to sum it up. Good luck if you decide to see the movie. You'll need it.