MOVIES THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: American Psycho (2000)

I swear to Satan, this has nothing to do with John Baird’s business card.  I watched American Psycho for the 1,980th time last nite after an incident from the nite before reminded me that it had been weeks, if not months since my last viewing.  There was a girl (early 20s, blonde) in my apartment drinking one of those Tim Horton’s yogurt parfaits, and I noticed it left a ring on my Chinese mahogany table, since I had forgotten to give her a coaster.  I asked her if she was ready to throw it in the garbage, then got up to grab a paper towel and proceeded to vigorously wipe down the area.  (It’s a good thing I don’t have a nail gun in my apartment!)

Mary Harron’s film, which was largely shot in Toronto, is without a doubt the most hilarious horror movie ever made.  They actually show it on Showcase from time to time, due to its Canadian content, albeit never before midnite–though I do have it on DVD now.  I did eventually read the book by Bret Easton Ellis, and while just about every scene from the film is lifted directly from Ellis’ work, the book goes a lot further, and is in fact quite disturbing.  On the other hand, Christian Bale’s performance in his breakout role as Patrick Bateman is nothing short of a laugh riot!

This is perhaps one of the most quotable movies of all time (provided that your only clear, identifiable emotions are greed and disgust), and still plays its part in pop culture today.  A couple months ago, Scouting New York took a look back at all the real-life bars and restaurants mentioned in the film, many of which are still open.  That said, 150 Wooster now sells baby carriages and Tunnel plays host to fashion shows.  And while Dorsia was a figment of Ellis’ imagination, one of the guys from Godsmack apparently opened a real-life Dorsia in Chelsea sometime around 2008.  Alas, the place didn’t last long–and any reviews of the restaurant quickly gave way to an American Psycho quotefest.  (Apparently they just opened one in London, though.)

Alas, while I always found the movie entertaining, it wasn’t until I started working in the financial industry that I realized how much it mirrors my real life.  Much like Patrick Bateman, the most stressful part of my day is getting to work in the morning, and the most difficult decision I have to make is where to go for lunch.  On the other hand, you won’t find any dead hookers in my closet.

HOW IT CHANGED MY LIFE: Whenever I don’t feel like going out for drinks with colleagues after work, I either Just Say No!, or I tell them “No can do, got an 8:30 res at Dorsia–great sea urchin ceviche!”

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