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 games...win 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.