American Animals

The storytelling frequently jumps between interviews with the real people portrayed in the movie and the events themselves performed by actors.

In 2003 in Lexington, Kentucky, Spencer Reinhard (Barry Keoghan) is an art student who feels his life has no meaning, that he needs something exciting, even if tragic, to happen in his life to inspire greater artistry. Warren Lipka (Evan Peters) is a rebellious student on an athletic scholarship, though he does not care much for sports and is only pursuing the education to please his family.

After Spencer is given a tour of Transylvania University’s library’s rare book collection, the two friends begin to plan to steal an extremely valuable edition of John James Audubon’s The Birds of America and other rare books. Warren travels to Amsterdam to meet some black market buyers who express interest in buying the books. Upon returning to the US, he informs Spencer that they could make millions of dollars, much to their excitement.

Realizing that pulling off the heist will require more people, they enlist the help of childhood friends Erik Borsuk (Jared Abrahamson), who helps provide the logistics of the operation, and Chas Allen (Blake Jenner), who will be the getaway driver. They all take time to prepare, learning that the only person guarding the books is the special collections librarian, Betty Jean Gooch (Ann Dowd)…

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