VIDEO: American Hustle - Trailer

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Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper reunite with Silver Linings Playbook director David O Russell for this self-indulgent, painfully funny and scattershot comedy that attempts to con us into believing it is smarter and funnier than the glossy and expensive mess that flickers before our eyes.

Inspired by a true story from the late Seventies, conman Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) recruits Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) to pose as a rich English aristocrat in order to secure funds from gullible businessmen.

American Hustle. Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper, left) and Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale).

American Hustle. Richie Dimaso (Bradley Cooper, left) and Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale).

But ambitious FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) forces them to use their dubious talents to entrap New Jersey Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) and his associates in the underworld.

Irving’s increasingly jealous and vengeful estranged wife (Lawrence) puts the undercover operation in jeopardy.