I did and loved it. A fictionalized account of the ABSCAM scandal of the late 1970s, AH tells the story of two con artists forced by the FBI to assist them in setting up political figures to accept bribes. The story we follow is partly real: There was a Mel Weinberg who was a con-man who helped the FBI with the ABSCAM investigation in conjunction with a woman impersonating a member of the English peerage.
Smart, funny, sexy (what movie with Amy Adams and J-Law wouldn’t be sexy?), this one is worth going to for those of us looking for a little more than the typical action movie.
HOWEVER… there were two really large gaffes, one a continuity error, the other involving the screenwriter forgetting how phone calls used to work…
[spoiler]The first gaffe showed Amy Adams signing something (can’t remember what) early in the movie. Next to her signature is a hand-written date with the year, 1980. Later in the movie (and later in time), they are bribing Congressmen and taping it, with the tape clearly time and date stamped… 1978.
You would have to have looked for the above to see it, so it’s understandable if it’s missed. But the next one…? Oy, vey:
Christian Bale calls the FBI agent on the phone. Conversation ensues, then Christian asks the FBI agent: “Where are you?”
I literally muttered “But you CALLED him!”
(For those of you who don’t get it (and I had to explain it to my wife who grew up in the same period as I), when you called somebody, pre-cellphone, you called locations not people:
“Let me call the house and talk to Mom”… mom doesn’t answer… “Well, let me try calling her at Aunt Sally’s”… no Mom… “Well, maybe she’s at the church. I’ll try there”…
Therefore, by the simple fact that he called a known number, and the number is fixed to a location, Melvin knew where the FBI guy was. He didn’t call the guy, he called the guy’s office, expecting him to be there. A subtle difference, but one such that you wouldn’t ask the person you called where they were. You would just know.)[/spoiler]
TLDR: If you liked Argo or films with that '70’s feel, and that were made for adults by literate adults, you’ll like this one.