in about 100 words or less
US 138m, Colour
Director: David O. Russell; Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence
American Hustle is a dark comedic late 1970s period crime drama about two con artists who are coerced by a FBI agent to become part of an over complicated sting operation aimed at entrapping members of Congress who are willing to take bribes. Though the story has a tendency to lag, Bale is brilliant as the slightly overweight follically challenged con-man, as is Lawrence in her role as his estranged and somewhat deranged wife. If for no other reason, American Hustle is a must-see for the best comb-over since Woody Harrelson in Kingpin (Klaus Ming February 2014).