This is one of the most dynamic, virtuosic, hilarious, unforgettable screen performances ever. The film itself functions equally well on the levels of character study, social satire, period piece, absurdist slasher farce, and mindfuck psychodrama. Next to the irrepressible Christian Bale, the film's greatest asset might be the female eye behind the camera, lending this study of male vanity and insecurity real bite.
American psycho is a vile and compulsion thriller that make an absolutely satiric portrait of the american's identity society obsessive by esthetics in the depth of their self. A Bateman lives inside everyone of us where narcissism is driven by it's ego and fueled by greed. Lifestyles and business cards are compared in an exceptional personal rivalry but ultimately everything is pointless and there's no catharsis.
The narcissistic thought-processes of a yuppie-douchebag!!! Even though the 80's are over ... some still walk the earth (shudder!) in other forms!!! Those vegan-guys with the Jesus-beards ... THAT'S THEM!!! (Huey Lewis didn't make it though. That's a cryin' shame.)
Interesting adaptation from the source material: while the novel is relentless psychological horror with slivers of humor throughout, the film is a straight-up absurdist black comedy with dark existential musings. Beautiful cinematography, and if someone had told me John Cale did the soundtrack I would have watched it years earlier.