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Bateman is a psychotic schizophrenic and none of the events depicted actually happened. Looking at the evidence presented by the movie, we see Batemen commit acts that anyone as high profile as him could not have done without raising at least some questions. During the film we are presented his crazy subconscious mind that allows him to easily obtain a ...


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The number on the card is almost certainly the switchboard / operator / company directory number for the company they work at. When you call that number, you are then asked where you want your call directed. (Possibly by a person, possibly by an automated number). In some cases, business cards might also include an extension number for you to dial directly, ...


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Black Comedy and Satire are not quite two forms of the same thing. Satire is not always funny and is used to convey a message on a topic, while Black Comedy can be a part of a Satirical message. If you are familiar at all with the movie M*A*S*H, it is a black comedy about the Korean War. The Television series of the same name that spawned from that movie ...


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It's been a while since I saw the movie, but my impression was that the events in the move are not meant to be imaginary. I remember Bateman kills someone and then pretends the apartment is his own. That is where he leaves the bodies of his victims. Bateman at some point spray-paints "Die Yuppie Scum!" on the wall. One of the conceits of the film is that ...


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I always thought it was a running gag. At the time this movie came out, home video rental was at its height, and your local Blockbuster was always pretty full. I remember working in one around this time and the traffic was pretty insane. So, it was pretty much a safe alibi to say that. Since he used the same excuse over and over, the repetitiveness made ...


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I had never seen this movie until 2013, catching bits & pieces on HBO, then finally DVR'd the thing and watched it several times. One of the funniest movies ever and Christin Bale is brilliant. The main point: ALL the murders happen in his head. Here's my interpretation (and, isn't that what it's all about?): Several characters have actually seen ...


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I think the scene is ambiguous... EITHER the lawyer mistakes Bateman for some other guy Davis - as a repeating theme in the story is someone mistaking person A for person B OR the lawyer pretends to mistake Bateman for Davis in order to avoid discussing the confession IN WHICH CASE the lawyer might think Bateman is crazy and fantasized the murders OR ...


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This link explains it well. Brett Easton Ellis says that some of the murders were in his head, but he did kill. In other novels that Bateman has appeared in people have mysterioulsy vanished. Did the murders really happen, or did Bateman just imagine it all? This is the most frequently asked question in relation to the film, and the answer remains ...


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Patrick Bateman does not exist physically but rather is the narrative occupying the minds of all the characters we see and this is alluded to numerous times. The opening dialog itself states "I simply am not there" which was timed so it's said when he peels off the mask. The entire dialog once the mask has dried alludes to his lack of physical existence and ...


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While everybody else's answer may be correct in the context of reality, you're missing the point of the scene, if not the entire movie. He works at the same company as everybody else, has the same position, shares the same lifestyle, the same interests and hobbies, has the same clothes, the same routines and hangouts, they share the same women, have ...


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It might help to not think of black comedy as being defined as being humor about "cannibalism, rape, genocide, terminal illnesses," but rather to think of it as gallows humor. Gallows humor is, loosely, defined as humor in the face of impossible situations. The most famous historical example is probably Oscar Wilde, on his death bed, saying "either that ...


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I actually have never seen this film, but I've heard a lot about the book as well as the film adaptation and it is my understanding that there is a proposed question as to whether or not any of the events in the story really took place at all. I believe that Bateman is a proposed schizophrenic and being that the story follows according to his perspective, ...


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The author of the book and the director of the film are both clear that the murders are real not imaginary. As for the disappearing bodies...that's never made clear..and I think that adds to the mystery and makes you come to your own conclusions....but like I said, interviews with the director and author make it clear that the murders were real.


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Each of the three cards have the same typo. Aquistions is a very common mistake for Acquisitions, especially in the context of "Mergers and Acquisitions", see this google search. There has been no statement by the production crew about this. The error wasn't even seen until around 2013. So chuck it up to production error.


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I think that was the beauty of the movie, we really did not know if he was insane committing these crimes or insane imagining himself committing these crimes. Or if all, some or none of these events actually took place. Maybe he is in a nut ward imagining all this?! The movie started as a first person narrative and can be assumed to have continued as ...


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I think it is his way to handle stressful, interpersonal communication. Think of it as a valve or a failover. Instead of punching them in the face he tries to cheat his way out of their attention by giving them a fake reason.


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I think the film doesn't intend for us to exclude any of these ideas above (even if they conflict with one another). We see many plot contradictions flagrantly displayed not out of carelessness but with an intentional antipositivism. The facts are not as important as the message. I prefer to think Bateman is an illusory representative of that culture as well ...


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According to the Wiki article, the lawyer "mistakes him for another colleague". This is supposed to drive home the fact that although he is somewhat of a narcissist, he is unimportant to certain people around him. In fact, everyone is unimportant to certain people around them. The disconnection and the need to feel important is really what drives Bateman, ...


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Wikipedia states that the author deliberately left the reality of the murders open to interpretation. Didn't really double check the source for this but that is what is stated for the book. Which begs the question "Why is he constantly referred to as a serial killer by editors and book reviewers if its possible he didn't kill anyone." Two other points. He is ...


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In my opinion, everything happened in his mind all and the acts of murder were fantasized and drawn out on paper. When he killed the blonde hooker with the chainsaw (it was actually a metaphor of breaking up with his girl friend who is also blonde) the murder took place in his mind and was drawn out on the table at the restaurant during the break up. I ...



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