DVD review: A disco-dripping con game in 'American Hustle'
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.
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