Christian Bale's AMERICAN PSYCHO Movie Ending Explained!?

Christian Bales AMERICAN PSYCHO Movie Ending Explained!?

Director Mary Harron‘s American Psycho (2000) is a terrific horror film where Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a wealthy New York banking executive who hides his serial killer alto ego from everyone around him. During Bateman’s spiral downward into his evil desires; Bateman killed homeless people, co-workers, and “working women.” However, during the last moments of the film, Patrick Bateman goes completely crazy and kills publicly in a violent rampage claiming innocent bystanders, security guards, police officers, and more. What about the confession left on the answering machine of Bateman’s lawyer. How can American Psycho end with none of these crimes ever being noticed, dead co-workers showing appearances, and even Patrick Bateman wondering what just happened?

American Psycho Movie Ending Explained Breakdown


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Watching the ending of American Psycho (2000) the audience are left in the same puzzling wonder asking, did Patrick Bateman kill those homeless people, co-workers, and "working women"? What about the confession he left on his lawyer’s answering machine?

At the end of American Psycho Patrick Bateman realizes:

  1. Dreaded Paul Allen (Jared Leto) never died and is alive and well.

    • American Psycho Patrick Bateman claims Paul Allen
  2. Co-workers all seem normal without nothing out of place.

  3. The lawyer whose answering machine contains Patrick Bateman’s confession for the murders claims to have met Paul Allen after the claimed murder date.

The answer to what happened and the ending of American Psycho is obvious; Bateman’s imagination ran wild, and everything happened in his twisted and demented mind.

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The greatest hint to this is when Jean, Bateman’s secretary finds his office journal filled with drawings of murder and terrible horrors. That compounded with Paul Allen meeting up with Bateman’s lawyer proves that the events never happened. This movie ending leaves the audience wondering what DID happen?

Further adding insult to injury, Patrick Bateman is still mistaken for someone else.

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American Psycho (2000)

Synopsis: A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Cast: Joseph Oliveira, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, Chloë Sevigny, Christian Bale, Bill Sage, Matt Ross, Mark Pawson, Jared Leto, Bryan Renfro, Marilyn Burns, Landy Cannon, Park Bench, Josh Lucas, Margaret Ma, Peter Tufford Kennedy, Guinevere Turner, Stephen Bogaert, Reg E. Cathey, Gunnar Hansen, Marie Dame, Ronald Reagan, Krista Sutton, Joyce R. Korbin, Justin Theroux, Reuben Thompson, Catherine Black, Ross Gibby, Christina McKay, Alan McCullough
Directors: Mary Harron
Genres: Drama, Crime
Year: 2000
Runtime: 102
MPAA Rating: R
Awards: 5
Nominations: 8
Writers: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron, Guinevere Turner
Producers: Ernie Barbarash, Alessandro Camon, Joseph Drake, Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley, Victoria Hirst, Gretchen McGowan, Michael Paseornek, Edward R. Pressman, Jeff Sackman, Clifford Streit, Rob Weiss
Musicians: John Cale
Editors: Andrew Marcus

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