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by Ben Travers
July 31, 2013 11:50 AM
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Watch: Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams Do the 70s Proud in Trailer for David O. Russell's 'American Hustle'

Christmas Day may seem far away, but we're getting an early look at one of our presents now. David O. Russell's "American Hustle" -- his hotly-anticipated follow-up to "Silver Linings Playbook" -- has its first trailer, and while it's (thankfully) light on plot, there's plenty of goodies within. 

The nearly two-minute spot starts with Bradley Cooper and Christian Bale discussing a piece of art that may or may not be a forgery and whether or not its authenticity matters. Viewers may need to watch the clip twice to grasp any sort of plot considering, a) there isn't much to be had, and b) the style of this 70s-set caper film is overwhelming. We've all seen pictures of Cooper's perm and Bale's comb over, but the preview also features a few different looks from a stunning Jennifer Lawrence -- including a wild up-do paired with a revealing fur coat -- and our first good look at Jeremy Renner sporting an unkempt mane of brown hair. Sadly, there's no Robert De Niro or Louis C.K. to be seen, but Russell & Co. had to hold something back for Trailer #2.

Style is what's on display here, and there's plenty of it. We're bound to hear more about the film's story before its wide release on Christmas Day (limited on December 13), but for now take a couple minutes to enjoy the mise en scene in Russell's Led Zeppelin-scored trailer. 


  • Bale is Best | July 31, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Holy crap Christian Bale is the best actor of his generation.
    The Fighter
    The Machinist
    This movie
    Anything he is in
    Hopefully he doesn't end up mugging for cameras and cash like DeNiro

  • jean vigo | July 31, 2013 2:26 PMReply

    This is loosely based on Melvin Weinberg, the con artist who was the center of the ABSCAM scandals of the 70s. Looks great, although having a hard time buying into Bradley Cooper's hair.

  • MDev | July 31, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    Looks great!...and my crush on Jennifer Lawrence grows.

  • jason | July 31, 2013 12:17 PMReply

    Christian Bale is so obviously acting circles around poor one-note Bradley Cooper.

  • bob hawk | August 1, 2013 5:00 AM

    Nothing can be "obvious" from a less-than-two-miniute, slice-and-dice trailer. Avoid presumption. Wait till you see the entire thing.

  • shelly | July 31, 2013 12:13 PMReply

    That's the best wig Bradley Cooper has had on his head in ages. The one he wore to the Oscars was awful.