American Psycho is a 2000 cult thriller film directed by Mary Harron based on Bret Easton Ellis's novel of the same name. Though predominantly a psycho thriller, the film also blends elements of horror, satire, and black comedy. It stars Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman, with Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Justin Theroux, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Willem Dafoe, and Samantha Mathis. The film focuses on Wall Street yuppie Patrick Bateman (Bale), whose mental instability and blood lust lead him to serial killing. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival on April 14, 2000.
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The film opens in a restaurant with wealthy Wall Street businessmen Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), Timothy Bryce (Justin Theroux), David Van Patten (Bill Sage), and Craig McDermott (Josh Lucas). They discuss their envy for a successful associate named Paul Allen, who managed to obtain the Fischer account, before purchasing an expensive lunch. Late at night, the four go to a club, where Patrick reveals his psychopathic nature towards a female bartender, when she refuses to accept his beverage ticket, although she does not hear him.
The film cuts to Bateman's apartment, where he describes, in detail, his morning routine, which includes daily exercise, a healthy diet, and an extensive cleansing ritual. After a restaurant with Evelyn (his fiancee), Courtney, Louis Carruthers, and Bryce, in which Patrick reveals he is having sex with Courtney, he murders a woman. Patrick dates Courtney at Barcadia, although he attempted to reserve a table at Dorsia. The next morning, Patrick and his associates flaunt their business cards in a display of utter vanity; although, despite Bateman's attempts, he is bested by Paul Allen's card. Following this, he murders a homeless man and his dog in an alleyway.
At a Christmas party, Patrick makes plans to have dinner with Paul Allen, who mistakes Patrick for a comparable associate named Marcus. At dinner, Bateman gets Paul extremely drunk and leads him back to his apartment. While playing Huey Lewis and the News' "Hip to Be Square," Patrick ambushes Paul and murders him with an axe. In the morning, after Patrick has acquired Paul's apartment, and making others believe Allen is in London, he is met by Donald Kimball (Willem Dafoe), a detective searching for the truth about the mysterious disappearance of Paul Allen (although it is unclear whether Detective Kimball suspects Patrick or not).
Patrick then has a menage a trois with two hookers, but then tortures them afterwards. The next day, Louis Carruthers reveals his new business card, sending Bateman over the edge. Bateman tries to kill Louis in the restroom, but cannot bring himself to strangle him. Louis mistakes Patrick's attempted murder as a sexual advance. Since Louis is a closeted homosexual, he urges Patrick to call him, but his attempts to further their relationship fail.
After murdering a blonde model, Patrick invites Jean (Chloe Sevigny) to dinner at Dorsia after pretending to reserve a table. When Jean arrives at the apartment for drinks, Patrick, unbeknownst to Jean, holds a nail gun to the back of her head. However, he decides not to hurt her and asks her to leave before she gets injured. Following another luncheon with Detective Kimball, Patrick has a menage a trois with his good friend Elizabeth and "Christie," the hooker from earlier in the film. In the middle of having sex, Christie realizes that Patrick has killed Elizabeth and tries to flee the apartment. In the process of her departure, she discovers a multitude of female corpses and "Die Yuppie Scum" scrawled on the wall in blood. Bateman then murders her with a chain saw.
After this, Patrick severs his relationship with his fiancee Evelyn Williams. Following this, Bateman is cashing his credit card at an ATM, when he imagines that it demands the life of a stray cat. Bateman is stopped by a woman from killing the cat, whom he murders. A police chase ensues, but Bateman destroys the cars by shooting their gas tanks. He then flees to his office, where he murders the receptionist and janitor, and calls his lawyer, Howard. Bateman leaves a lengthy voicemail, confessing, in detail, most of his murders. He then ends with, "I guess I'm a pretty sick guy."
The next day, Patrick visits Paul Allen's apartment. Expecting to see a collection of corpses, he is surprised when he finds that the apartmen
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