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For anyone who has ever read "Crime and Punishment" and then really wanted to see a frat boy version – Bro-stoyevsky, if you like – your movie has finally arrived.It's frequently narrated and commented upon by the real guys, on whose story the film is based. Warren Lipka, Spencer Reinhard, Eric Bosuk and Charles Allen II all appear in documentary-style interviews that punctuate the heist narrative, looking back years later with ashen remorse that may or may not mask their pleasure at starring in their own movie.Layton has previously played with hybrids of fiction and nonfiction. His 2012 documentary "The Imposter," about the shape-shifting con artist Frederic Bourdin, was as manipulative and deceptive as its sly subject.Especially in the first half of "American Animals," Layton works hard – too hard – to impress its own stranger-than-fiction playfulness. "American Animals" would be a legitimate cautionary tale if it wasn't invalidated by its own existence.
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