The 'American Hustle' Trailer: Bad Fashion, Worse Hair, Oscar Potential

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The trailer for the hair event of the fall movie season is here: American Hustle, David O. Russell's fictional take on the FBI's Abscam sting operation, in which a con man was employed to help bust corrupt politicians. It looks like it has all the potential to be a great movie, but mostly we're excited about the clothes. And the hair. Dear god the hair. 

Russell has enlisted members of his trusty repertory company — The Fighter's Christian Bale and Amy Adams, Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert De Niro — to create a sort of David O. Russell Avengers squad. And everyone here looks eager to recreate past awards success. Adams, who is still without a trophy despite four nominations, goes feisty and yell-y and sexy. Returning champ Lawrence cries and smolders. Bale, for one, has completely transformed his body, once again, for his part as conman Irving Rosenfeld, becoming a heavyset schlub with a combover. 

Which brings us to those 'dos, something we have long been excited about. There isn't much dialogue in the trailer, so we have ample time to marvel at all the '70s sartorial and cosmetological ridiculousness. Lawrence has a jumpsuit; Cooper has a perm. Every guy has a terrible suit. We can't wait.

The trailer debuted on Good Morning America, so excuse the intro and enjoy. 

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