EVERYONE HUSTLES TO SURVIVE.
In 1978, FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) enlists two con artists (Christian Bale, Amy Adams), who are also lovers, in an operation targeting political corruption. Loosely based on the real-life ABSCAM sting, this movie lacks focus and rambles a bit, which is a shame since the scandal deserved a more riveting treatment. But David O. Russell has never been one to let storytelling get in the way of colorful characters and period details. You get plenty of that here, along with isolated funny and dramatic scenes, and a very entertaining cast where Bale (in a hideous comb-over) and Adams stand out.
2013-U.S. 138 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by David O. Russell. Screenplay: David O. Russell, Eric Singer. Cinematography: Linus Sandgren. Cast: Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfeld), Bradley Cooper (Richie DiMaso), Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser), Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K…. Michael Peña. Cameo: Robert De Niro.
Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical), Actress (Adams), Supporting Actress (Lawrence). BAFTA: Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence), Original Screenplay, Make Up & Hair.