It's a wild ride that shakes up a common narrative by way of a refreshingly multifaceted approach. It's about time someone made a heist film like this.
— Matt Hoffman, Film School Rejects
American Animals is the unbelievable but entirely true story of four young men who attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in U.S. history.
Spencer (Barry Keoghan) and Warren (Evan Peters) leave their middle-class suburb and the realities of adult life begin to dawn on them –– their lives may never be important or special in any way. Determined to live lives that are out of the ordinary, they plan the brazen theft of some of the world’s most valuable books from the special collections room of Spencer’s college library. Enlisting two more friends and taking their cues from heist movies, the gang meticulously plots the theft and subsequent fence of the stolen artworks. Unfolding from multiple perspectives, and innovatively incorporating the real-life figures at the heart of the story, writer-director Bart Layton (The Imposter) takes the heist movie into bold new territory.
Directed by Bart Layton.