Dramedy: An eager but insecure FBI agent coerces two con artists into helping him bring down corrupt politicians.
It's 1978 and Irving Rosenfeld (CHRISTIAN BALE) and Sydney Prosser (AMY ADAMS) are two con artists who've found each other and are operating in New York City. Beyond running a legit dry cleaning business, Irving has brought Sydney into the world of selling forged and stolen art as well as promising far greater loans than their patsies are paying $5,000 for.
That makes them a lot of money, but it also draws the attention of insecure but eager FBI agent Richie DiMaso (BRADLEY COOPER) who nabs them in a sting operation. He wants to impress his supervisor, Stoddard Thorsen (LOUIS C.K.), and others higher up in the agency, Richie comes up with the idea of using the two to nab bigger white collar criminals.
On his radar is Camden, New Jersey mayor Carmine Polito (JEREMY RENNER) who -- like his wife, Dolly (ELISABETH ROHM) -- is eager to acquire funds to rebuild Atlantic City. Using undercover FBI agent Paco Hernandez (MICHAEL PENA) posing as an Arab sheik wanting to invest his money, the scheme draws the attention not only of politicians eager to take a bribe, but also mobsters in control of gaming operations.
Among them is Pete Musane (JACK HUSTON) who takes a liking to Rosalyn (JENNIFER LAWRENCE), unaware that she's Irving's long-suffering wife and mother of his child. With her being jealous of her husband's relationship with Sydney -- who's also playing but possibly falling for Richie -- Rosalyn ends up being the wild card and potential fly in the ointment of the carefully orchestrated scheme.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens might be, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast or the works of the film's director.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence.
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