Set in the late 1970s/early 1980s, American Hustle is the fictional story of con-artist Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) and partner-in-crime Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) who are forced to work with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) on uncovering the seedy underworld of politics. However, Rosenfeld begins to grow a conscious when the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner), takes him in like he’s family, and wonders whether the entire operation is really worth it in the end.
The interesting part of this film is, although it is fictional, it is loosely based around the true story of the ABSCAM sting operation which began as an operation targeting trafficking stolen, but ended up as a public corruption investigation.
Up for many nominations, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Original Screen Play, American Hustle is definitely THE movie to see. With an amazing cast of characters, the movie is a great mixture of comedy and drama with crime for taste. I would definitely recommend this movie to just about anyone.