Based (very) loosely on the ABSCAM operation, David O. Russell's 'American Hustle' received international critical acclaim, winning three Golden Globes and nominated for ten Oscars, but is it all it's hyped up to be?
Irving Rosenfeld, (Christian Bale) a con artist with a bad comb-over and a beer belly falls for Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) at a party. By impersonating a British aristocrat, Sydney helps Irving's business soar and the two become the perfect con duo, until they caught by Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper).
DiMaso offers them a deal: Help him make four additional arrests and they can go free. The two reluctantly agree, but soon realises DiMaso's ambitions soar beyond their control into the realm of the mafia. Can they pull off the ultimate hustle?