DVD review: A disco-dripping con game in ‘American Hustle’
Published: March 17, 2014 03:52PM
Updated: March 15, 2014 01:01AM
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This film image released by Sony Pictures shows, from left, Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser, Bradley Cooper as Richie Dimaso, Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito, Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld, and Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, in a scene from "American Hustle." From Bale’s burgundy velour blazer to Adams’ plunging sequin halter dress, the film is a cinematic romp through the over-the-top styles of the late 1970s. Hair is so prominent in the picture, it’s practically another character. (AP Photo/Sony - Columbia Pictures, Francois Duhamel)

Grade • B+

DVD • Like a con artist’s spiel, director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” is 90 percent true and 100 percent creative.

Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer find in the Abscam scandal, when members of Congress were caught in a bribery sting, a rich story of strivers of all sorts: con artists Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), and FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper), who sees a promotion in his future if he can get Irving and Sydney to help him land bigger fish.

Russell’s wild ride, loaded with outlandish ’70s wardrobe and soundtrack choices, accelerates with a scene-stealing turn by Jennifer Lawrence as Irving’s manic-depressive wife.