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The Best 'American Psycho' Quotes

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The best American Psycho quotes detail the often graphic and homicidal thoughts of serial killer Patrick Bateman. The horror comedy movie was directed by Mary Harron using a screenplay she and Guinevere Turner adapted from a novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. American Psycho opened in theaters on April 14, 2000, and soon became a cult classic.

In American Psycho, well off investment banker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) seems to have it all in life in the 1980s. He has a good job, fancy apartment in Manhattan, good looks and a beautiful fiancé, Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon). But he also lives a second life as a serial killer. From the bums he kills in dark alleys to the prostitutes he slaughters with chainsaws, killing is as much a part of his life as is his love for music, especially Huey Lewis and the News, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston.

So when Patrick becomes jealous of a coworker, Paul Allen (Jared Leto), it doesn't take long for Patrick to lure a drunken Paul to his apartment, put on a raincoat and kill him with an axe. Soon an investigator (Willem Dafoe) comes looking for answers on Paul's disappearance, leading Patrick on a killing spree with many in his path.

If you love American Psycho as much as Patrick Bateman loves returning video tapes, and really, who doesn't? then vote for your favorite American Psycho movie quotes all right here!
  • 1

    You Like Huey Lewis and the News?

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    Patrick Bateman: You like Huey Lewis and the News?
    Paul Allen: They're OK.
    Patrick Bateman: Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He's been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humor.
    Paul Allen: Hey Halberstram.
    Patrick Bateman: Yes, Allen?
    Paul Allen: Why are there copies of the Style section all over the place, d-do you have a dog? A little chow or something?
    Patrick Bateman: No, Allen.
    Paul Allen: Is that a rain coat?
    Patrick Bateman: Yes it is! In '87, Huey released this, Fore!, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is "Hip to be Square", a song so catchy, most people probably don't listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it's not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it's also a personal statement about the band itself. Hey Paul! TRY GETTING A RESERVATION AT DORSIA NOW YOU F***ING STUPID BASTARD! YOU F***ING BASTARD!
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    There is an Idea of Patrick Bateman

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    Patrick Bateman: There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.
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    It Even Has a Watermark

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    Patrick Bateman: New card. What do you think?
    Allen: Whoa-ho, very nice. Look at that.
    Patrick Bateman: Picked them up from the printer's yesterday.
    Van Patten: Good coloring.
    Patrick Bateman:  That's 'Bone'. And the lettering is something called 'Silian Rail'.
    Van Patten: It's very cool, Bateman...but that's nothing. Look at this.
    Bryce: That is really nice.
    Van Patten: 'Eggshell', with 'Ramalian' type. What do you think?
    Patrick Bateman:  ...Nice.
    Bryce: Jesus. That is really super. How'd a nitwit like you get so tasteful?
    Patrick Bateman: [internally] I can't believe that Bryce prefers Van Patten's card to mine.
    Bryce: But wait, you ain't seen nothing yet.
    Bryce: Raised lettering, 'Pale Nimbus'. White.
    Patrick Bateman:  Impressive. Very nice. ...Let's see Paul Allen's card.
    Patrick Bateman:  [internally] Look at that subtle off-white coloring. The tasteful thickness of it. Oh my God; It even has a watermark.
    Carruthers: Something wrong? ...Patrick? You're sweating.
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    This Confession Has Meant Nothing

    Video: YouTube
    Patrick Bateman: There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone. In fact, I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape. But even after admitting this, there is no catharsis; my punishment continues to elude me, and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself. No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.
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