Spoiler alert !! American bulllshiit---that's what this movie was named when it began as a screenplay.... One wonders what kind of run the film could have had at the box office they had continued with a name like that.... But they changed the ' bulllshiit ' to ' hustle ' , and boy !! what a hustle they showed..... Two con artists ( Irving Rosenfield played by Christian Bale and Sydney Prosser played by Amy Adams ) are having a nice life together conning people out of their money , until the FBI barges in like a villain into this paradise in the form of agent Richie Dimaso ( played by Bradley Cooper ) . Richie catches them doing a loan scam , but says that he will not press charges if they help in arresting 4 other people . Richie , who is eager to advance his career at all costs , decides on a potential target for arrest in which the duo's help is required---a politician called Mayor Polito , who is not really a bad guy . Richie's own boss and Irwing oppose this to no avail . As Mayor Polito is trying to revitalize the casinos of Atlantic city , they plan to set him up with a fradulent Arab sheikh ( actually their own agent ) who is supposedly looking for investing his money in casinos and catch the mayor taking bribes from this so called sheikh for furthering the investment in Atlantic city's casinos . But there arise complications to the whole plan like--- 1) Richie is too eager for making the plan successful and get promotion in FBI and so tries to push a suitcase of money too fast into the mayor's hands due to which the mayor smells a rat and walks out of the first meeting.... 2) Richie's immediate boss in the FBI is not ready to help out in the vast investments required for the plan to be successful leading to verbal and then physical fights between them.... 3) Irving's wife Rosalyn ( played by Jennifer Lawrence ) gets to socialize with the mayor's wife , and boy !! she is a volatile and dangerously unpredictable person who can spill the beans on the whole plan if she is in that mood..... 4) Irving loves Sydney but Rosalyn is unwilling to divorce him.... 5) Due to the above fact Rosalyn and Sydney both hate each other's guts and a catfight can break out whenever the two are in the same room---as it does.... 6 ) The mayor brings some other people into the project , and the entry of these people is totally unexpected and an unpleasant surprise to Irving and Sydney and Richie.... 7) Rosalyn gets into a relationship with one of the persons brought into the project by the mayor !! 8) The pressure of all this too much for Irving who constantly needs heart pills to handle it.... So is the FBI's plan to entrap the mayor successful ?? And what happens to Irving and Sydney ?? Go and watch the movie for the answers.... The movie has some real surprises in store towards the end---surprises that totally justify the title of the film... Acting by Christian Bale ( as Irving ) and Bradley Cooper ( as Richie ) is superb , and both Amy Adams ( as Sydney ) and Jennifer Lawrence ( as Rosalyn ) inject real seductiveness into their respective roles as rivals in personal life . But the director is king , and his direction is well worth a salute.... Some real comic situations arise and some tense ones too , but both keep you interested throughout.... This hustle is well worth a visit to the theater... Verdict---very good .