'American Hustle' review: Actors take 70s stereotypes and run with them in entertaining sting flick

December 13, 2013 6:22 PM

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'American Hustle' review: Actors take 70s stereotypes and run with them in entertaining sting flick

NEW YORK – Extravagant hair, eccentric costumes and truly fine acting adorn “American Hustle,” David O. Russell’s follow-up to his smash hit “Silver Linings Playbook,” fusing 1970s grit with camp to create a near-perfect, somewhat factual comedy.

The film opens with the coy statement: “Some of this actually happened,” a smirk from Russell that only grows wider into full-on bellowed laughter by film’s end. If only all “based on true stories” were that honest. “American Hustle” is certainly a crowd-pleaser, as “Silver Linings” turned out to b...

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