American Animals

 (296)7.01 h 56 min2018R
HD. The unbelievable but true story of four young men who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
Bart Layton
Evan PetersBarry KeoghanBlake Jenner
English [CC]
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Jared AbrahamsonUdo KierAnn Dowd
Derrin SchlesingerKatherine ButlerDimitri DoganisMary Jane Skalski
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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  2. 17% of reviews have 4 stars
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Crazy SvenReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Crime is not an Adventure
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Having worked for an auction house and as an appraiser, watching American Animals made me cringe more than most viewers probably would. This is a quest for adventure and wealth, as lived through a criminal plot to rob a college's Rare Books collection and performed by four young and naive, middle class guys who can have almost any future they want. Watching this was like looking at a train wreck in slow motion. Rare and extremely valuable books, art and manuscripts are protected, not just behind the security enclosures they are in, but by a trail of provenance and documentation. Not everything worth "millions" is something that can be easily traded or re-sold for their inherent value. Stealing rare books is about the stupidest thing a crook can do. It is not like stealing gold bullion or wads of unmarked cash. Books need to have provenance, evaluation, documentation and proof of ownership. As people are fond of saying in social media: "Play stupid stupid prizes". I thought the film was done very well. It is amazing how quickly great plans can blow up in one's face if they are not careful. We live in a "heist" culture, but rarely do we get to see the gritty reality of the harsh consequences that can and will follow.
10 people found this helpful
D. NicholsReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of best heist movies ever made
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This might just be the best movie of the year. In fact, this might be one of the all-time great heist movies ever made. It's smart, fun, and well-paced. Then (without spoiling the movie) it takes you into the heist without glamorizing the gritty harsh reality of a robbery and what follows. There is no romance and no sentimentality. This 'true' story works as both exciting and sober heist and as a coming-of-age story.
15 people found this helpful
JMJReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Absolutely riveting award-winning Indie Film take on a true crime story!
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Mostly correct info presented in the film. LOVE the fact that the 4 actual perps were featured in interval plot narratives. A lot of people won't know that such a school exists, but Transylvania University in Lexington, KY (known locally as Transy), was named in the 1780's, more than 100 years before Bram Stoker wrote Dracula in 1890. As it is such an old educational institution, it has many centuries-old original and valuable books/manuscripts in its library's Special Collections Archives.
7 people found this helpful
AbeReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
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This film is too into itself. The characters are fairly well portrayed but the real life element is cheesy and doesn't quite work. I'm tired of this sort of film showing that crime doesn't pay when Hollywood is funded with mafia money and crime clearly does pay for the people who run the earth. The plot of this film plods and stumbles along in a moderately interesting direction. The scene of the librarian being tazed registers fairly high on the cringe-o-meter. I had to fast forward through it, and I never usually do that. Then again, I used to be a librarian and my boss was a lot like the victim. No, I didn't like her much, but she didn't deserve to be tazed.
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G. SholetteReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Neither Ferrel Nor Fun
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American Animals wants very hard to be that type of bio-pick film exploring the world of vein, young rich white boys doing crazy things in college (sort of like The Social Network was for Harvard's tech nerds, this aims to do so for crime nerds). What comes across instead is a tedious and slow moving portrait of vain, young rich, white boys, with a heist tossed in to make it appear cinematic, instead of oleaginous, not unlike staring at someone's selfie for a very long and uneventful period of time. Avoid.
2 people found this helpful
Todd M.Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
It managed to maintain the suspense and intrigue until the end.
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It’s a rather different format that switches between the actors and the real life robbers they’re portraying and it wasn’t at all annoying. Not much happens in it so maintaining the suspense and intrigue was a major accomplishment and a good cast certainly helped since much of the movie is devoted to the planning and little to the actual execution. Robbing the rare books section of the library on your own college campus likely wasn’t the best idea and since no plan ever goes as expected the final heist attempt is well worth the wait. It was a solid 4-stars but there wasn’t anything we didn’t like about it so I rounded it up to 5-stars.
louReviewed in the United States on September 13, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
boched crime
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I could have rented this dvd on Redbox, its not worth owning(what a waste of money!). Not so good acting, more like an improv, even the direction of the story its simple, an independent film? a novice director and it shows.
2 people found this helpful
Amelia PernichReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the more interesting movies I've seen in years
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This sleeper is WORTH viewing. The story is true and filmed in the most unique way that surpasses documentary films with choices that create an entirely different style. This new style propels the plot and along with stellar performances this documentary ends up becoming very profound.
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