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American Beauty
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American Beauty 1999

From Amazon: From its first gliding aerial shot of a generic suburban street, American Beauty moves with a mesmerizing confidence and acuity epitomized by Kevin Spacey's calm narration. Spacey is Lester Burnham, a harried Everyman whose midlife awakening is the spine of the story, and his very first lines hook us with their teasing fatalism--like Sunset Boulevard's Joe Gillis, Burnham tells us his story from beyond the grave. It's an audacious start for a film that justifies that audacity. Weaving social satire, domestic tragedy, and whodunit into a single package, Alan Ball's first theatrical script dares to blur generic lines and keep...

Directed By:
Sam MendesSam Mendes
Written By:
No image existsAlan Ball
Kevin SpaceyKevin Spacey
Annette BeningAnnette Bening
Mena SuvariMena Suvari
Thora BirchThora Birch
Wes BentleyWes Bentley
Peter GallagherPeter Gallagher
No image existsChris Cooper
Allison JanneyAllison Janney
Scott BakulaScott Bakula
No image existsSam Robards

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American Beauty Movie Review by Dash Riprock (3/6/2010)

Critics be damned - American Beauty has got to be one of the most despicable depictions of male, mid-life crisis that has ever been filmed.

If Kevin Spacey's character, Lester Burnham, was supposed to represent an average, 42 year old, American male in mid-life crisis, then I believe that our society is in even more...

(complete American Beauty review by Dash Riprock)

American Beauty Movie Review by BillyBob (2/11/2008)

Of course, everyone is more than familiar with the term 'Homophobic'.

Well, how about the term 'Hetero-phobic' ? In my opinion, I'd say that 'American Beauty' (or 'AB' for short) is 'Hetero-phobic'. It is. The hetero-phobia contained in the story is not that easy to detect at first, but believe me, it's there, alright....

(complete American Beauty review by BillyBob)

American Beauty Movie Review by Movie Addict (10/20/2007)

When did it happen that we became so obsessed over possessions and what other people thought that it ruled our lives? Was it always this way? One day Lester (Kevin Spacey) wakes up and realizes that "It's just a couch!" Only then could he move down the road that led to true happiness. Unfortunately, it proved to be too...

(complete American Beauty review by Movie Addict)

American Beauty Movie Review by Jarrod (7/18/2007)

'American Beauty' is about a dysfunctional suburban family, distant and emotionally isolated, each of its members neurotic and desperate for a fulfillment of their deepest desires. Lester Burnham (Spacey) is going through a mid-life crisis, apathetic towards everything, especially his job, which he stands to lose because...

(complete American Beauty review by Jarrod)

American Beauty Movie Review by Jessica Film Junkie (3/5/2007)

On occasion a film will come along that will personally affect me to the point of tears. This film will help me to better understand myself as well as those around me and ultimately better prepare for the world outside my base and redundant reality. The films that tend to leave this kind of everlasting mark are rarely...

(complete American Beauty review by Jessica Film Junkie)

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