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Good Times, Bad Times: Watch The First Trailer For David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 31, 2013 10:44 AM
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Okay, we've seen the hair and the cleavage, and had a decent little chuckle and smirk, but what does the final shape of David O. Russell's "American Hustle" actually look like? Well, a trailer has now arrived and this looks like an assured, entertaining piece of pop culture time travel.

Probably paying a pretty little penny to use Led Zeppelin's "Good Times, Bad Times," the first spot offers little in the way of dialogue (are we seeing a new trend following Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" promo?) but gives a great sense of the setting. Yep, there's a lot glitz, glam, skin and a bit of mischievousness going on here, with the lead quintet — Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams — looking like they're having a ball.

As you know, the film is based on/inspired by the true story of the ABSCAM operation in which a financial con artist (Bale) and his mistress/partner in crime (Adams) who are forced to work with an out of control federal agent (Cooper) to turn the tables on other con artists, mobsters and politicians. The supporting cast is ace — Louis C.K., Jennifer Lawrence, Alessandro Nivola, Elisabeth Rohm, Dawn Olivieri, Jack Huston, Michael Pena and Robert De Niro — and the December 25th release date can't come soon enough. Watch below. [The Film Stage]

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  • ZoZo | August 2, 2013 7:50 PMReply

    Looks great. Jennifer Lawrence looks so very HOT!.

  • Andre | August 2, 2013 10:05 AMReply

    Glad to see Jennifer Lawrence playing toe-to-toe with actors 20 years older than her.

  • Pete | July 31, 2013 11:28 PMReply

    Cirkusflk you aren't in a minorty I found this disappointing as well, too much like Casino or Goodfellas, been there done that. I'll stick with the originals. But it is a preliminary teaser I'll wait for a trailer with dialogue and more story to it before deciding to see it or not.

  • Rb | July 31, 2013 10:30 PMReply

    There's someone who won't be going to the premiere: Marie Weinberg. They plan on destroying her memory in order to keep Weinberg likable, and he also happens to be involved in this. Go to the video clips online to see what really happened.

  • caro | August 1, 2013 3:46 AM

    It's not about Weinberg's story : they change the names and they only use Abscam's idea

  • Martin | July 31, 2013 8:55 PMReply

    Amy Adams is sexy and gutsy yummyyyyy!!!!!!! Star studded casts looks this movie can win few awards!!!!

  • Glass | July 31, 2013 6:02 PMReply

    So what's that bullshit about this being a straight drama, Sony?

  • Stacey | July 31, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    So excited to see Jack Huston in this one! Looks fantastic!!

  • Devlin | July 31, 2013 5:28 PMReply

    Looks terrific!....and merciful Zeus, Jennifer Lawrence is incredibly sexy!!.

  • cirkusfolk | July 31, 2013 2:28 PMReply

    And Bale looks silly and sounds like he's back in the film Newsies. Should've been Matthew Mchaunehay.

  • cirkusfolk | July 31, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    I must be in the minority here but I didn't think much of this trailer. The opening dialogue didn't make much sense to me and all the images strewn together after that don't mean shit if you aren't at least told what the film is about. I found the one minute trailer for The Counseler much more inspired. Also, the Lep Zep song was already used in The Fighter so it appears Russell is already ripping himself off. Might as well used How You Like Me Now.

  • mass | July 31, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    Who in the hell thought it was a brilliant idea to release this trailer in 360p quality?

    I called it last year, this will win best picture.

  • DG | July 31, 2013 1:19 PMReply


  • Jimmy | July 31, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    "You never took a quarter from a phonebooth? You stole. I just got bigger balls then you." Fantastic.

  • Amiller | October 15, 2013 5:16 AM

    Can you explain this sentence? I' m translatin' that trailer to Turkish.

  • Cineass | July 31, 2013 11:34 AMReply

    Jennifer Lawrence part of the lead AND supporting cast? What is she doing, pulling a Barry Fitzgerald?

  • mike | July 31, 2013 1:32 PM

    Awesome reference, seriously.

  • Evan | July 31, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Looks great. Bale looks awesome as always. The guy is one of the best. Amy Adams looks gorgeous. I would see it just for her.

  • Irving | July 31, 2013 11:09 AMReply

    Bale! Nuff said.

  • CB | July 31, 2013 11:04 AMReply

    O. Russell goes Goodfellas/Casino.

  • Caro | July 31, 2013 12:11 PM

    it's what he said before the filming

  • M. | July 31, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    Looks pretty solid, Russell has another award worthy juggernaut, expect praise from the commercial scene. Christian Bale does look phenomenal, good enough for an Academy nom. to say the least.

  • kindred spirit | July 31, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    Amy Adams looks fucking gorgeous. Holy shit. I can't wait to see this film and her performance and then her Oscar win!

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