Why the Movie “American Hustle” Is A Box-Office Hit: It Is True to Life. People Do Believe What They Want to Believe. Here Is A Short Movie Review of “American Hustle” – that doesn’t reveal the secrets of the movie – by Gary S. Smolker (December 20, 2013)

American Hustle is a parody – told with great wit and verve – showing con men, with various skill sets, preying on their prey.

All the characters in this movie are believable because they are so well cast, because they are expertly directed and because their acting is impeccable.

The script captures the essence of the era being portrayed as does the story being told, the costuming, hair and make-up.

I salute Jennifer Lawrence’s skill in portraying the wife of a philandering husband.

The philandering husband (played by Christian Bale) is the world’s greatest con man in the world, but cannot resist being manipulated by his wife (Jennifer Lawrence).

In a movie full of stars, Jennifer Lawrence steals the show because she plays a complex mysterious character well.

You think you understand her.  But as the movie progresses, she does things which surprise her husband and surprise you.

You can’t get her out of your mind.

You want to know what she will do next.

Robert De Niro plays the part of a powerful gangster so well, you believe you are in the presence of the most powerful and sinister gangster in the world even though you know you are just sitting in a movie theater watching him perform on a movie screen in front of you.

The movie is true to life and true to itself.

As the movie progresses life throws a curve ball to each of the characters time after time and you keep on thinking (to yourself): a huh, a huh, that is the way life really is.

To see genius at work, see American Hustle.

(c) Copyright 2013 by Gary S. Smolker

About Gary S. Smolker

PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY: No enterprise can exist for itself alone. Every successful enterprise ministers to some great need, it performs some great service, not for itself, but for others. Otherwise, it ceases to be profitable and ceases to exist. Imagination, open mindedness and flexibility are the most important factors in unlocking potential. Those who embrace innovation, improvisation, continuous learning, time management, are action oriented, high energy, passionate, creative, purposeful and intense individuals are best equipped to succeed. We all have ideas and the ability to make progress by sharing information and our ideas and also by changing our ideas when appropriate. We should always be on the lookout for teaching and mentoring moments. We hold time like water in our hands; however tightly we clench our fingers, it drips away. But, if it falls on a seed, a seed may grow to become something that will have a positive social impact. PERSONAL INTERESTS: I have a passion to learn, to innovate, to lead, to mentor and to teach. I seek to write things worth reading and want to do things worth writing about. I enjoy (a) driving a fast car, (b) having intense conversations (c) teaching/mentoring, (d) reading and (e) being involved in productive activity. PERSONAL: I believe in cultivating and backing passionate people, innovation, and old fashioned good ideas. I love making human connections and spreading good ideas. I am strongly motivated to achieve in situations in which independence of thought and action are called for. PERSONAL GOALS: I want to live life vibrantly, to be as sharp as a tack until my last breath and to change the world by being me. My personal goal is to be fully engaged in life, to lead by example, to set high standards and to continue to amass firsthand experience and knowledge in all that interests me. PERSONALITY: I love fun and mischief. I relish absurdity. I have an irreverent, facetious and satiric disposition. I dread boredom. I have spent a lifetime reading. I have no bias against people who have lived successful and/or complicated lives. I write to release tension, to get things off my chest. SOCIAL MEDIA: I post articles on the "Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange" blog at www.garysmolker.wordpress.com, and "Dude's Guide to Women's Shoes" at www.dudesguidetowomensshoes.com. I also post images and comments on Instagram @garyspassion. CONTACT INFORMATION: Gary Smolker, Smolker Law Firm, 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste 525, Encino, California, 91436-2609, USA. Phone 1-818-788-7290, e-mail GSmolker@aol.com.

Posted on December 20, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. wonderful information, I had come to know about your blog from my friend nandu , hyderabad,i have read atleast 7 posts of yours by now, and let me tell you, your website gives the best and the most interesting information. This is just the kind of information that i had been looking for, i’m already your rss reader now and i would regularly watch out for the new posts, once again hats off to you! Thanks a ton once again, Regards, best movies of 2013

  2. In the Second Century Ben Zoma said the following about “might,” “wealth” and “honor”: “Who is wise? He who learns from everyone….Who is mighty? He who conquers his passions….Who is rich? He who is content with his own portion….Who is honored? He who honors mankind.”

    I (Gary Smolker) would add the following: The wise, mighty, and rich person is the person “in tune with life.”

    Jonna Tamases has written and performs a “One Woman Show” that teaches how to be “in tune with life.”

    Last night (December 21, 2013) I saw Jonna perform that show at the Lounge Theatre – a very small theatre on Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood, California, USA.

    Jonna is a master of her craft – as a performer. The “One Woman Show” I saw her perform last night is a work of genius.

    Every parent should take their children to see that show and have their children discuss what they learned by watching Jonna’s show with them.

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