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That ’70s show

A larky, anarchic life force runs through “American Hustle,” David O. Russell’s screwball homage to the strivers and connivers who wreak playful havoc with what could easily have been a straight-up FBI procedural. Based on the 1978 Abscam investigation, wherein an FBI sting used fake Arab sheiks to ferret out corruption, the film cheerfully jettisons any pretense of historical accuracy. Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper develop a credible, explosively volatile chemistry, and Bale is particularly heroic as a blubbery white whale of a man trying to shake that last harpoon. The DVD and Blu-ray (Sony, $31-$41) include deleted scenes.

Washington Post