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I recently saw this movie. I decided to watch it after watching clips on YouTube. I don't want to spoil too much but one of the scenes was the one with blond prostitute, it's actually two scenes with her the first is that she first brutalized by Bateman another thing I like to point out in a very explicit sex scene Batemen was trying to make a performance like recreating what he saw in porno he watched earlier in the film even recording it I guess it's too show you his true shallow nature. In the later scene after he was done with three some he subjects two prostitutes so he could torture them, the prostitutes needed the money couldn't say no which is very common situation for many who under the hands of absolute sadists and later in the movie Patrick pays her again at first she was hesitant because she was badly injured the last time but changed her mind because of money and in that scene you could see her absolute uncomfortablness with him. It is later reveal while trying to escape is that he killed many prostitutes But if you don't feel like reading all that I say is Patrick is a sexist pig as well as a psycho and his co workers are extremely sexist pigs too. The director is a woman and the hit the nail by capturing casual misogyny in yuppie culture how women are only submissive sex dolls for rich men. Thoughta

I recently saw this movie. I decided to watch it after watching clips on YouTube. I don't want to spoil too much but one of the scenes was the one with blond prostitute, >! it's actually two scenes with her the first is that she first brutalized by Bateman another thing I like to point out in a very explicit sex scene Batemen was trying to make a performance like recreating what he saw in porno he watched earlier in the film even recording it I guess it's too show you his true shallow nature. In the later scene after he was done with three some he subjects two prostitutes so he could torture them, the prostitutes needed the money couldn't say no which is very common situation for many who under the hands of absolute sadists and later in the movie Patrick pays her again at first she was hesitant because she was badly injured the last time but changed her mind because of money and in that scene you could see her absolute uncomfortablness with him. It is later reveal while trying to escape is that he killed many prostitutes!< But if you don't feel like reading all that I say is Patrick is a sexist pig as well as a psycho and his co workers are extremely sexist pigs too. The director is a woman and the hit the nail by capturing casual misogyny in yuppie culture how women are only submissive sex dolls for rich men. Thoughta

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I have not watched it but you made me want to, from the clips I've seen I thought it was a satire

It is satire well actually dark comedy to be precise with horror elements. Fun fact the story was supposed to much more serious however the author after interviewing real yuppie guys like the ones in the movie he changed his mind after realizing that there completely shallow narcissistic and ridiculous to the point is comical from what I heard.

I thought "American Psycho" was an odious almost unreadable book that could never be made into a decent film. But director Mary Harron, who co-wrote the screenplay with another woman, proved me wrong. Dead wrong. I thought she did a brilliant job.

Harron not only got the misogyny down to a T, but she nailed so many aspects of yuppie culture and Manhattan life in the 80s perfectly too. It's been many years since I saw the film, but I do recall the unhinged tantrum Bateman had at the dry cleaners and how disdainful he was to the working stiffs. And his little TED Talk about Huey Lewis & The News was hilarious and a perfect commentary on American culture in the first decade of MTV.

Did you notice the spelling error on Bateman's business card in the famous scene where the guys are showing off and comparing their business cards to see who is the biggest of all the "big swinging dicks"?

I think I have blanked out the scenes with the women from my memory. I probably looked away from them on the screen at the time too.

BTW, another great depiction of 80s Manhattan and guys who worked on Wall Street back then is Michael Lewis's hilarious nonfiction bestseller about bond traders, "Liar's Poker." That's where the term "big swinging dick" comes from.

The movies "Six Degrees of Separation" and "Wall Street" also provide excellent portrayals of 80s-era Manhattan life amongst the well-heeled and striving up and comers. "Wall Street" is also a morality tale, and when I rewatched with my son when he was about 13 he immediately picked up on something that I hadn't noticed before: all the major male characters are named after predatory animals, not just the evil Gordon Gekko.

I think Martin Scorcese nailed the misogyny and other objectionable characteristics of sleazy guys in a particularly sleazy corner of NYC finance in a movie based in a bit later era that is also OTT and I thought very well-done, "The Wolf of Wall Street."

Yep, I've seen it and read the book as well. Probably the goriest movie I'm able to watch, and that's watching through my hands in front of my eyes. It's another one of those fight club type movies, where men spectacularly miss the point. They're such stupid fucking cavemen that they idolize Bateman, despite him being clearly portrayed as not only a violent POS, but also mentally impaired.

Yeah I remember reading on an incel site there was a post where a fan of the movie was shocked by the fact the director was a woman and questioned if he should still like the film after that. Lol imagine being that fragile a woman directed a movie you like.

Ivanka Trump once said Patrick Bateman was her ideal man.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.gq.com/story/ivanka-trump-american-psycho-crush/amp

Her dream man is a delusional narcissistic serial killer and office joke with awful dental work?

Well OK Ivana.

I hope she just meant the actor but she has trump as a dad so she might be attracted to narcissistic wall Street men like her dad. Who by the way made inappropriate comments about her

I remember. It's not the first time I've heard a man call his daughter hot or sexy or "if I wasn't her Dad, you know ha ha ha". It's so disgusting and creepy.

I re-watch this movie every few years, and it's still terrifying.

I do love, absolutely LOVE, the business card scene.

I haven't seen the film and I haven't read the book, but I did read a/the screenplay. I thought he had one prostituted woman and his roofied cousin in a threesome, not two prostitutes. Not sure if that's any better or worse (I think it's supposed to be worse).

I have no desire to actually see the film or read the book, no matter how artistic a statement it makes about the 1980s.

The rape and murder scenes are extra horrid so you probably shouldn't see them. The main thing I remember about the rape scenes though was Bateman basically checking his own body out in the mirror the whole time, no actual interest in sex or his partner at all.

In the first prostitute interaction he paid for two the other was the same prostitute from before and a roofied acquaintance

No way would I watch it, or read the book. I read enough descriptions of it at the time. I don’t care if it was supposedly a satire, it’s still grotesque, extreme misogyny.