American Hustle Is Ocean’s Eleven For People Who Like J.Law

Jennifer Lawrence Underwear American Hustle

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As someone who loved Silver Linings Playbook, I had high hopes for American Hustle. I also had doubts. So very many doubts. How could David O. Russell possibly put out another good movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence one year later? Unless the guy had some serious karma hidden away, all the odds seemed against him. Yet, he did it! I went in to the movie as a skeptic and came out a full-fledged fan. I really liked it. And you will too! Especially if you always wished that Ocean’s Eleven had a part written for Jennifer Lawrence.

Like Ocean’s Eleven, this movie’s about a con artist who’s trying to pull off something that feels absolutely impossible to pull off. Like you’ll spend the whole time shaking your head and thinking that there’s no way this will go perfectly. The big difference between the two con artists is that one’s the incredibly beautiful George Clooney and the other is the…incredibly in-character Christian Bale. Seriously, he’s like a shapeshifter when it comes to movies. He gets sooooo into his roles that you forget it’s him. Which I suppose is the definition of acting — but it’s not very many actors who can actually do that. Even though I love me some J.Law, I never forgot that it was her in this movie. Especially since her character’s a kook, and as we’re learning on her press tour, she’s also a kook.

Smoments that make you laugh. I find that funny thrillers are uperficial con artist looks aside, both movies have twists that will surprise you as well so rare to find. And as someone who doesn’t handle stress well, I need those light-hearted moments in my thrillerz. There’s nothing worse than leaving a movie and feeling like you personally just survived something. (See Gravity for more on this horrid phenomenon.) Although seeing Bradley Cooper’s hair all wrapped in curlers did give me slight anxiety. He’s such a beautiful man, why do that to him? I know, I knowwww, it’s a movie. But still. It hurt to see his hair in such pain.

While I won’t ruin the ending of this movie for you, I will say that it’s well worth seeing in theaters. Especially if you still haven’t gotten over the fact that Ocean’s Fourteen never happened.

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    • Jules

      I loved American Hustle! (so glad you liked the film Jenni!)….I thought that Jennifer Lawrence stole the show. Lawrence nailed it…remember, Lawrence is playing a character that is not only unlikable but unhinged and yet, I felt sorry for Rosalyn Rosenfeld. Transforming your look for a role is important but, ultimately the actor has to make you either love them, hate them or feel sorry for them….Jennifer Lawrence accomplished all of these emotions.

      I can’t think of another actress as young as Lawrence that can move so easily between the action blockbusters like Catching Fire to roles like those in Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle.

      • Jenni

        I thought J.Law did a great job and definitely deserves her nominations. And I was thinking during Catching Fire how different she was from Silver Linings. I mean she was obviously different, but it really hit me when she was Katniss how talented she is.

    • jenley2013

      I’ll never forgive David for not giving Bradley and Jennifer a single interaction in this film. I love that man and despise him at the same time.

    • aCongaLine

      Not only do I absolutely love JLaw, and DeNiro, and the Coop, but the real star of the show is the locale- my own city, Worcester, MA. (CHosen for the shoot because it actually does look like the 1970s threw up all over Downtown in Real Life, and it’s ALWAYS movie-ready for 1970s timepieces.)

      love it.

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