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American Beauty
Drama, Romance
IMDB rating:
Sam Mendes
Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham
Annette Bening as Carolyn Burnham
Thora Birch as Jane Burnham
Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts
Mena Suvari as Angela Hayes
Chris Cooper as Col. Frank Fitts, USMC
Peter Gallagher as Buddy Kane
Allison Janney as Barbara Fitts
Scott Bakula as Jim Olmeyer
Sam Robards as Jim Berkley
Barry Del Sherman as Brad Dupree
Ara Celi as Sale House Woman #1
John Cho as Sale House Man #1
Fort Atkinson as Sale House Man #2
Storyline: Lester and Carolyn Burnham are, on the outside, a perfect husband and wife in a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter's friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky, who lives with an abusive father.
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Transcendent. A marvel of a film. There are an astonishing number of themes that are each explored and strongly supported by the cinematography, and that makes this film different each time you watch it. I chose to recognize authenticity and redemption as the central themes, especially considering the 'look closer' tagline. The smart and subtle uses of color support several themes, but are also subliminally subversive. The cinematography in American Beauty and the myriad goals it accomplishes are nothing short of genius and quite nearly mind control. Mendes' direction here is a staple of self-control and fearlessness in Hollywood. Spacey's performance was shockingly powerful and resonant. Everything just works, even the mishaps. My only caveat: with so many themes, it feels as though they are wrestling for attention. I felt forced to focus on the satirical aspect of the film, which becomes lacking. It's not that the film is beyond comprehension, rather the themes begin to contradict one another, producing a sort of unwanted chaotic element that is detrimental to the greater lessons to be learned. But the achievements in American Beauty cannot be ignored. You can spend days watching this film, trying to wrap your head around the beautiful meaning of life that it presents you with. But it's for you to determine what that meaning is. Top 500 film. 8/10 — watching American Beauty.
Such a beautiful gem of a movie
I am writing this review for American Beauty after the third time in three weeks that I have watched it and it grows on me each time I watch it. The first time I watched it, I thought maybe this movie is more of a comedy than a drama but after watching it today, I can say this is definitely a drama with some funny moments in it which is what I want from a drama rather than it taking itself too seriously. Kevin Spacey, who is simply brilliant stars as Lester Burnham , a sexually frustrated, average American husband/father who is undergoing a mid-life crisis as he hates his job and his relationships with his wife Carolyn (played superbly by Annette Bening) and daughter Jane (Thora Birch) are strained due to a number of reasons, one being that he becomes attracted to his daughter's best friend, Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari). Add to that, the arrival of their new neighbours, the Fits, Frank (Chris Cooper), Ricky (Wes Bentley) and Barbara (Allison Janney) who seem to have problems of their own. All of these intertwining story lines, acting, music, directing and the script make this movie, in my opinion, an underrated classic of the 1990's which churned out some great movies and what a way to end the decade with a fantastic movie such as this. Hard for me to find a negative with this movie but positives from the movie are the storyline, the beautiful music and score of the movie, directing and of course, the cast of the movie which won the SAG Best Ensemble Award. With the cast, everyone knew their roles in the movie and played them accordingly, Kevin Spacey as the lovable loser, Annette Bening as the ambitious and materialistic wife, Thora Birch as the self esteem-less daughter and in one of her first big roles, Wes Bentley as Ricky, the likable next door neighbour who loves his camcorder and Jane's friend, Chris Cooper as Col Fits, a homophobic, strict disciplinarian father, Allison Janney as the silent wife, Mena Suvari as the egotistical best friend and even Peter Gallagher as Carolyn's real estate rival, Buddy Kane. This film deserved it's Oscar's for Best Picture, Best Director (Sam Mendes), Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography as well as the other nominations including Best Actress-Annette Bening but in saying that, I thought the acting standouts besides the two leads could have been nominated as well including Best Supporting Actress- Thora Birch or Best Supporting Actor- Chris Cooper who put in one of the performances of the year 1999 and has stuck with me ever since or Wes Bentley; either one, take your pick, they were both great.
Ugly, U.S.A.
I've seen this one a few times before, and I never liked it as much as I did the first time; that probably had something to do with certain positive circumstances I can't go into here. In any case, 'American Beauty' has a couple of fine scenes that always greatly amuse me. You know, Angela's dance, the dance of the plastic bag and Jane and Ricky's intimate moments for instance.

At many other moments, though, I wish Sam Mendez had toned it down considerably. Now it feels much like an over-stylized pastiche of concentrated misery with too many angles (i.e. characters). A lot of dialogue (and monologue) feels too contrived, as does the whole story - though some of it works really well, I must add. So I can't say that it's a bad film, but for a black comedy it isn't always sharp and funny enough and for a drama it doesn't go deep enough, mainly because it has too many things going on.

And then there is Kevin Spacey. I love him in films such as 'Se7en' or 'The Usual Suspects' where he plays no less than iconic bad guys, but here there are only bits and pieces that really convince me. Most other actors are quite convincing, like Gary Cooper, but his role of homophobic, militaristic (helpless) husband and father is one of those 'things' that feel so overly contrived - though, again, there is a lot of potential.

6 out of 10.
A Film Class Favorite
My new favorite movie! I would never have watched this movie outside of my high school Film Studies class. But the first two minutes of the film seemed to have got my attention. I felt that the tone of the movie was really interesting. Most of the film was quiet and wasn't action packed like most movies that typical high schooler's watch. In the beginning, the movie was really mellow and then slowly the intensity started to build up. The thing that helped make the movie so great was the music. It's a type of music I can't explain. It gave the movie that certain tone that it has.

The characters in the movie were great! And if Lester was played by someone other than Kevin Spacey, the film would not be as good. I love Lester Burnham, he's so laid back, he doesn't really get angry at all. He only loses his temper one time in the movie and I found it hilarious because it was so random.

It's just a great movie, you have to watch it!

Best quote- "Would someone pass me the *&%^(#$ Asparagus!"
Far and away the best film of the year
What can I say, except that this film really knocked me on my keaster. I went in to the theater not knowing what to expect, but was pretty sure it would be worth the ticket price. Boy was I happy when I left. Not only was it worth the ticket, I paid to see this film two more times. This film is virtually perfect. The acting is superb, the story is magnificent, the narrative is brilliant, and the structure of the film is truly groundbreaking (absolutely loved the last 20 minutes). What really surprised me about this film was how well the cinematography was done. In a small, character driven film such as this, it is very unusual to have such great cinematography. With this film, there is something interesting going on in every scene, not many films you can say that about. In a year where first time directors have made some of the best films, Three Kings, Being John Malkovich, etc... Sam Mendes seems to have out-done them all. Though I have yet to see The Green Mile or Magnolia, I find it hard to believe that either film will out-shine American Beauty. This film should easily win a substantial amount of the Oscars this year. What's up with all the cirtics awards snubbing it so far?
The closer I look, the worse it gets
I first saw this in theaters back in 1999. I loved it. I really really loved it. I've seen it four or five times since, and each time, I like it less. I just saw it again a couple of days ago, and I stopped it before it was over. At that moment, I decided to sell my DVD. It has now been excised from my DVD Collection, about which I have considerable pride.

The main reason is that I have come to feel very strongly that this film doesn't know what it wants to say. It takes a bunch of characters, constructs various relationships between them, and sets them loose to run around for two hours, at the end of which, what have we learned?

I've heard lots of people make comparisons between this film and another highly acclaimed movie of 1999 which I hate: Fight Club. Both films include philosophically flimsy but highly entertaining critiques of materialism. With Fight Club, the critique on materialism is made by the character who turns out to be the villain of the piece, who seeks to replace it with fascism. In American Beauty, the anti-consumerist is, first of all, a total hypocrite, and second of all, has a life changing epiphany the moment before his death, but never gets a chance to expound upon what that epiphany was.

On the hypocrisy charge, consider the oft-quoted scene when Lester Burnham (magnificently portrayed by Kevin Spacey) yells at his wife Carolyn (played in an over-the-top caricature by Annette Bening) for placing too high a value on material things, in this case, a sofa. Fine. He makes a good point. No one else seems to have noticed, however, that this is precisely the same scene where it is revealed that Lester has bought a 1970 Pontiac Firebird. Since we at no time see Lester enjoying the use of his car, the implication is that possession of the object is a good in itself, which is the very apex of materialism.

There are lots of other things that we don't see, and I never noticed until I "looked closer" how conspicuous they are in their absence. We never see Angela or Jane don a cheerleading uniform after their initial cheerleading scene. They never make any reference to being cheerleaders. The whole concept of cheerleading, then, is merely a mechanism (and quite a contrived, not to mention cliched mechanism at that) to introduce Lester to Angela.

I also noticed, when I looked closer, how painfully bad much of the dialogue given to the younger characters is. "Lame-o" "Geekboy" "Take a whizz" It's just horrid. And why, exactly, was Jane looking at a breast augmentation website? First of all, her breasts don't appear to need augmenting (when I saw this in theaters, I thought she must want to reduce her breasts, but upon looking closer, the computer monitor clearly says "augmentation", which means a process of adding to).

The worst flaw of the film, by far, is the fact that we have one horrible cliche repeated twice in the space of minutes in the final act. The homophobic marine turns out to be a repressed homosexual, and the slutty cheerleader turns out to be a virgin. For the love of God, who let those two howlers slip through. Bad enough that either made the final cut, but both?!! It defies understanding.

The scene that made me turn the film off, this final time that I watched it, was the scene were Jane and Ricky decide to run off together. I was never very comfortable with this scene, because, call me conservative, I'm just not thrilled about a girl dropping out of school at the tender age of seventeen (or so) and running off with her drug dealer boyfriend. But what really got my goat was when Ricky ridiculed Angela by calling her ordinary. Fair enough, Angela had it coming. But for Ricky to not only accept Angela's principle that ordinariness is bad, but to use it against her... that bothered me. Ordinariness or lack thereof is not a valid criterion for judging the worth of a human being. Ricky, having been set up (clumsily) as a heroic character, shouldn't have descended to such a twisted and hateful principle.

The whole film has the feel of having been made up as it went along. It is radically different from how it was originally planned to go. The prelude sequence and the scene later in the film which it foreshadowed have become utterly pointless since the removal of the subplot about Jane and Ricky being blamed for Lester's murder. Now, that subplot is a bit ridiculous, and was cut for a good reason, I agree. But why leave the set up if you're cutting the payoff? [Notice that Ricky shuts off the camera before Jane says "You know I'm joking, right?"]

The sequence where Col. Fitts spies on Ricky and Lester is straight out of "Three's Company." Fitts sees just enough to draw the conclusion that the writer wants him to draw, and nothing else. That's a classic example (and the most blatant I can recall from any film) of bad, contrived plotting. What exactly was up with Mrs. Fitts? Presumably, her scenes meant something in some previous, unreleased version of the story. The initial meeting between Lester and Ricky is built on numerous coincidences... Ricky just happens to be working there, and he works there just long enough to meet Lester!!! And what self-respecting drug dealer would give a man $2,000 worth of merchandise on the assumption that he'd be willing/able to pay for it later? It would have been more contrived if Lester happened to have $2,000 in cash while jogging, but "I know you're good for it" isn't much better.

This film is ambitious. There are lots of individual pieces of greatness in it. There are a lot of really good ideas. But on a fundamental level, it just doesn't work.
Everything that's wrong with Hollywood, distilled into two horrible hours. Spoilers.
Now, let me see if I've gotten this straight: "Saving Private Ryan", an epic tale of honor, glory, and sacrifice set against the backdrop of what was possibly the most important single day of the Twentieth Century, was not worthy of the Best Picture Oscar.

However, "American Beauty", a movie whose heroes are a middle-aged pedophile who casually endangers the future of his family, and the next-door drug dealer who finds "beauty" in people getting their brains blown out, is.

I see.

"American Beauty" might work as satire if 1.) it weren't telling us something we've KNOWN for fifty years - that the suburbs are not this perfect, "Ozzie and Harriet" world of smiling, white-bread people - and 2.) if the characters depicted in the movie were in any way REALISTIC. Instead, "American Beauty" is a parade of the most tiresome Hollywood cliches of the 1990s. I don't care how pathetic Spacey's and Bening's characters' lives are - would they really be THAT devoid of any redeeming values? Are we supposed to CHEER Spacey as he quits his job, smokes pot, and lusts after seventeen year-old girls, all to the detriment of his young daughter? Are we supposed to laugh at the ex-Marine's idea that the world NEEDS certain rules and standards in order to work? Clearly, we are. These are not characters at all, but ciphers. Indeed, the ex-Marine is one of the most laughable ciphers at all. He is the parody of the Evil Gun-Toting Gay-Bashing Right-Wing Military Nut, taken to its furthest extreme. As columnist John Leo recently put it, "the only thing they forgot to do was to make him a tobacco company chemist and a trustee of a segregated college." And the final revelation that the "gay-basher" is in fact gay himself is the final piece of this Hollywood stereotype; a move meant purely to make sure this character and his world-view, that of the importance of morality and of the necessity of rules in society, is completely discredited.

And I know, I know: I'm not reading between the lines. I need to "look closer". Well, I submit that those who glowingly praise this movie are looking TOO closely. It's easier to lose sight of the larger message a movie sends when you examine any one element too closely. And all that the people who made this movie have "proved" is that they live on an entirely different planet from the hard-working, Joe and Jane America they claim to so brilliantly "expose" - the same Joe and Jane America that keeps Hollywood in business.

(Ordinarily, I'd rate a movie like "American Beauty" about a "3". But since it was without question both the most offensive AND the most overrated movie of 1999 (move over, "The Phantom Menace"), and since more needs to be done to counterbalance these morons who think it's the next "Citizen Kane", I feel I have no choice but to go with my original gut instinct and give it a big fat "1". For years, I've made it a practice to save every ticket stub from every movie I've seen, regardless of its quality. Nevertheless, my "American Beauty" ticket stub now sits in torn-up shreds at the bottom of the concession-area garbage can. It seemed a fitting gesture toward this Oscar-winning piece of putrescent pap.)
Drama Americana
While American Beauty seems to have lost the punch it once had, there are still aspects of the film that hold true. The psychology of the film, through the eyes of each of its characters, is insightful and intriguing. There are aspects of each character that are relatable: the desire to live, to be seen and understood, to succeed, to be desired, and so on.

The story, as told by a now dead Lester (Kevin Spacey), explores the mundane, and the natural desire to escape it, be something more and break free from the expectations of society. Spacey has lost all passion in his life. He feels smothered by his job, his family, and whatever few other aspects remain of his life after those.

His passion is reignited by Angela, his daughter's school friend; a girl half his age. This new vigor sets him on a new path in which he starts working out, smoking pot, quits his cushy job for one at a fast food joint, buys a flashy new car, and stops caring what everyone else thinks about him in general.

He observes in the beginning of the film that his wife is no longer happy. You can see this, not only in the way she interacts with Lester, but with her daughter and neighbors, and the way she prioritizes her job and possessions over relationships. She, like Lester, seems stuck in a societal hole that she feels trapped within. Her supposed salvation comes in the form of her work rival, with whom she has a passionate affair. She loves, she loses, she falls back into her hole. Her big moment in this film, in my opinion, came in the final scenes, where we make a very realistic discovery. Although the passion had gone out in their relationship, and although she was looking for love in other places, in the end, she still loved Lester in her way, which makes his death all the more tragic.

Then, we have Chris Cooper, who plays Colonel Fits. Fits spends the film in a state of aggression due to his repressed sexuality. Society has told him his whole life that what he feels in this regard is wrong, and so his guilt displays itself in his anger and disconnect with those to whom ought to be closest. Because his arc is never completed, his story ends violently as he sinks back into his repressed and 'acceptable' state. Cooper gives one of the best performances in the movie, second only to Spacey. You can actually feel the struggle raging inside him throughout the film, making his actions at the end terrible but heartbreaking at the same time.

Finally, Angela is the last compelling character in the film. Although I don't personally identify with all aspects of the character, she is the most relatable in terms of the three kids. She feels things the way normal people do. She wants to be special, seen, and desired. As she said in the film, the worst thing to be, in her eyes, is ordinary.

Jane and Ricky on the other hand, the demographic with whom I'm supposed to relate, are incredibly weak characters. Throughout the film, I found them pretentious and annoying. This is especially disheartening, because, as a whole, all the characters in this film are after the same thing: self-actualization and fulfillment. The reason I find this annoying is because the character who has supposedly achieved these goals is the most pretentious and emotionless character in the film... to the point where I'm almost suspicious that he may be a serial killer. I'm afraid that if the daughter does end up running off with him, that she may never be found again. Just putting that out there.

That being said, the rest of the film was captivating. The way the director told the story of emotional transformation through the color red was beautiful. I love the subtle but powerful details of this choice. The red door, the red car, how the characters wear red when pursuing their passion, blood splattered across the bleach white room. All in all, I can only recommend this film. Yes the subject matter and zeitgeist is a little dated now, but the emotional and psychological content is still pertinent almost 20 years later. 7/10
It's OK, I wouldn't remember me either.
American Beauty. By title and cover I was expecting some unoriginal romantic comedy, but it turned out I didn't really have a clue as to what was waiting for me. I bought it on coincidence - it was on sale at a supermarket store. I'm grateful for the nature of coincidence.

Curiously, I loaded up the opening scene. A girl wanting to kill her father. This was hardly the comedy I was thinking it would be. But what was it then...? The movie goes on and the father - Lester Burnham initiates a voice-over, accounting for his current life or lack there of. In calm honesty he shamelessly confesses the failure he considers himself to be. Furthermore, he condemns and rejects the moral values and norms that he has apparently been living with for very long, as he has come to realize that they don't provide the any joy in his life. This was something that spoke to my mind. It felt very real.

This is a movie about rebellion. Rebellion towards your surroundings for having evolved into a character you cannot identify with. For petrifying emotionally and personally inside as a sacrifice to conform into the life you're supposedly living.

During Lesters initial voice-over, we're told that Lester will be dead within a year and Lester tells us that, in a way, he feels as though he's already dead.

Lester doesn't really become aware of what he's missing until one night, when he's dragged to a sports event by his wife, in order to watch his daughter perform as a cheerleader. During the performance, Lester spots Angela, a high-school friend of his daughter and a beautiful girl. Suddenly, Lester realizes that he's missing something, that he needs something and the following nights he's dreaming about this girl. During these days, a series of incidents wakes up Lester and he radically begins reshaping his character.

The movie continues and at the end Lester does die - just like he predicted, but he didn't die as a dead man. He died very alive.

This movie had a significant meaning for me in my teenage years searching for identity. It served as inspiration for my character. It's a savoring, yet nutritious meal for anyone hungering for genuine beauty.

Everyone here are urging you to look closer at this movie. Don't hesitate. Do it. You won't regret it.
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