Don’t look for Dorsia , though. That restaurant was fictional.
Viewers of American Psycho can argue forever over whether or not all of the film’s violence only takes place in Bateman’s head . In truth, it’s Carnes and the rest who are confused, and it’s Bateman — who exhibits the most meticulous attention to detail — who simply can’t have his confession taken seriously.
You might even read it and find it totally deserving to be banned given it’s blatant sexism, racism, homophobia, excessive violence, and explicit sex all stemming from its protagonist. Yet, American Psycho is still art, an idea to be expressed, and that idea should not be stifled.
Bateman, at the beginning of American Psycho, is 26 years old, works as a specialist in mergers and acquisitions at the fictional Wall Street investment firm of Pierce & Pierce (also Sherman McCoy’s firm in The Bonfire of the Vanities) and lives at 55 West 81st Street, Upper West Side on the 11th floor of the American
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He says that he has killed anywhere between 20 and 40 people, including Paul Allen ( Jared Leto ), and doesn’t think he can get away with it anymore. He finishes the call telling his lawyer where he can meet him tomorrow.
Near the end of Psycho , a psychiatrist explains what happened to Norman: that he had murdered his mother and her lover years earlier, after feeling abandoned by her. That, over the years, his personality had become shared with hers.
In New York City in 1987, a handsome, young urban professional, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), lives a second life as a gruesome serial killer by night. The cast is filled by the detective (Willem Dafoe), the fiance (Reese Witherspoon), the mistress (Samantha Mathis), the coworker (Jared Leto), and the secretary (Chloë Sevigny). This is a biting, wry comedy examining the elements that make a man a monster.
Cause. Behavioral genetic studies have identified potential genetic and non-genetic contributors to psychopathy , including influences on brain function. Proponents of the triarchic model believe that psychopathy results from the interaction of genetic predispositions and an adverse environment.
Psychopaths are mentally ill — insane —but, as a rule, they have no insanity defense against criminal liability.
The key question is: do these differences in the brain make someone into a psychopath , or does their behaviour change the brain? Children that show a lack of empathy, lack of guilt and have shallow emotions, defined as callous-unemotional traits, are at increased risk of developing psychopathy in adulthood.
The movie is entertaining in a horrific, comical way, but is certainly not for kids under 18.
American Psycho (film)
|Country||Canada United States|
|Box office||$34.3 million|