American Psycho ★★★★½

Despite being a satirical dark comedy, there is an underlying sadness that accompanies American Psycho. It may be a dark comedy, but it’s a dark comedy about emptiness. It’s about a man (as narcissistic and psychotic as he might be) who lacks such a definition of himself that he has to preach the genius of Hewey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins, and Whitney Huston because he has no self-identity of his own. He is a man who can only define his self-worth from the value that others assign onto him (as seen in the business card scene). Bateman becomes less of a person because he does not know how to be a person (something I see Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Nightcrawler bearing a great deal of resemblance to. And much like Gyllenhaal, it’s criminal that Christian Bale was not nominated for an Oscar for this truly magnificent performance).

But let's be honest, this is a perfect depiction of hedge fund companies.

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