🎦 American Beauty full movie HD download (Sam Mendes) - Drama, Romance. 🎬
American Beauty
Year:
1999
Country:
USA
Genre:
Drama, Romance
IMDB rating:
8.4
Director:
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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Reviews
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
2017-08-30
A Nightmare in Suburbia
In the footsteps of David Lynch, this film explores the nightmare underbelly of suburbia USA, when ordinary people try to be extraordinary. With dire results. Beautifully crafted, and with a definitive performance by Kevin Spacey, ably supported by a great cast, this is a standout film. A man in middle age crisis, feeling himself to be a loser in every respect, becomes infatuated with a young girl friend of his daughter. Revives his zest for living, but complications include a homophobic neighbor, with a weird son; his wife having a relationship with the Real Estate King, and his daughter becoming involved with the weirdo next door. An explosive and unexpected finish makes this a film to remember.
2005-05-01
The film is very open ended and endorses different appreciations. That's the secret of this film, I believe.
The first time I saw this movie, I thought it was a very weird movie. The experience quickly faded off, although I that boy-who- records's character intrigued me a little. Yesterday, I chose to give this movie another watch and I couldn't emphasize enough how drastically my opinion has changed.

The second watch helped me form a better view about this. And if it is anything to go by, I believe it is one hell of an anti- establishment movie. Almost all the characters are, although seemingly "normal", are living pathetic lives- all except the boy- who-shoots. It is revealed later on why he is way ahead of all other characters in terms of appreciation of "beauty" as he calls it. The film showcases a drastic transformation in the lives of every character. The facades come crumbling down. All the tightly- knitted culturedness, normalcy's, belief-systems come apart as characters discover how pathetic all their lives are. The younger generation is more open to changes, the elders- the more they resist change- the more frustrated they become. Meanwhile it is revealed that the most straight-jacketed (in terms of conservative notions like homosexuality, marriage, discipline) is a secret admirer of fascism and the most sorrowful character. Slowly, as all the characters let go and accept their natural feelings, instincts, desires- sometimes bordering on scandalous- they feel better, relaxed, happier. All but one is transformed.

The film describes how heavy orthodox beliefs can get, how they have the power of consuming people's lives, harming people. The film, for me, is an acute critique of all means of classifying things into binaries. It endorses a more tolerant view of life and portrays the insidious nature of judgments. I loved it and would watch it again, soon.
2016-02-09
one of my favorites.
after the "usual suspects" and "the life of David gale" i had great expectations of this one when i came in its possession. the first 10 minutes or so almost disappointed me as i began seeing the feature as a "self-indulgent" attempt in giving moral and ethical excuses. but then the characters are developed very well with such realistic aspects that strikes close to anyones personal life at least at some moments in time. unlike "the godfather" for example, this is not an instant classic for its artistic merits but because of its content.

family and individualistic dis-functionality here is not something taken to extremes with wacky scenes for the purpose to raise its entertainment value. the feature is deeply sarcastic with quiet many comic-tragic situations.the tone and the dialogs are made for anyones understandings, as shown for the general public agreement in rating this productions as one with the highest score ever. technically this addresses teenage, middle age and gay issues(as related to a standard American family with generally only one child) and the relations in-between.for example the Kevin spacey visual fantasy is one of a kind at least as generally seen on the silver screen. also, an interesting aspect rarely seen; that of an "abusive" wife(i guess unless one asks an ultra feminist this question, i think i can safely assume this aspect here as general).

while ALL actors are playing their roles excellent(the plot itself definitely helps with that or at least in how we perceive those as be) i was/am mostly focused on Kevin spacey. here is an example of an actor that has always choose his roles carefully.(his NEW movie as a director "21" is the only one kind of disappointing , but hey everyone deserves a "try" or 2 right?). in here he resembles so well an "ordinary" American and the life( or parts thereof) he might have in the "suburbs"(same actually could go for the wife, Annette Bening).his whole , new found approach towards life changing resolutions creates situations of pure simplicity, yet generally socially ignored in any over developed consumer society; that is the reason for which the title has "american" in it and not "chinese" for example. all the characters will make the viewer reflect on past, present, future... and "tense"...
2008-05-23
A beautiful, thought-provoking film
I am Lester Burnham. Well, I'm 42 and I've been married for 15 years. I don't think one has to see themselves in this film to appreciate it, but how can I know?

One comment I'd like to make as a reader of books about writing--American Beauty is a model for how to take derivative concepts, or specific textbook instructions, and make a unique mix that is art for the ages. The film owes much to "Sex, Lies and Videotape"; some to "Ordinary People" and "The Ice Storm." Others have pointed out that the "from beyond the grave" narration is not original. Every book on dramatic writing quotes Tolstoy: "If there is a gun hanging on the wall in Act One, it had better be fired by the end of Act Two." And yet this particular blending of these ideas is new. If you've ever tried to create a story or a song and you became frustrated that you were just borrowing ideas, perhaps you'll understand why American Beauty is such a role model for me.

It's hard not to become more introspective and more honest with yourself after seeing this movie and I think that makes it great.
1999-09-25
A Masterpiece
This movie is probably one of the greatest I've seen in my entire life. Every character in this movie plays his/her role phenomenal. A movie like this doesn't come around every so often. This movie deserved every academy award that it won (but it did deserve more.) Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham. This is probably one of the greatest acting performances in history. If you saw the movie then you would realize why I say this.

The movie has a very dark tone about it. The theme of this movie goes much deeper than you realize, and explains how beautiful and how bad life could be.

From Start to finish this is a masterpiece and I strongly recommend it. 10/10
2008-03-05
Hilariously Interesting
American Beauty is a romantic comedy that doesn't suck, which is a nice break. It follows a man stuck in an unhealthy relationship with his wife and eventually falls in love with his 16-year-old daughter's best friend. It's an unconventional love story, and it's done beautifully.

The plot is great. It's presented in a very comedic way and it's actually very funny. It's interesting and realistic, which is a little surprising, but nothing ever felt out of place. The subplot is also very good, and while I think we've all seen it before I think that it was the more relatable and serious of both plots, which created a really nice balance of both fun and seriousness.

The characters are quite good too. You have a good idea of who they are, and they aren't horribly far-fetched either. All of them were flawed people, but not so flawed and that they were obviously fake. A lot of them, especially Kevin Spacey's character, were very likable as well.

Like I already said, the movie is very funny. But all the humor is done in a very natural way. During character conversations they might say something funny, but it's part of the conversation and further develops their character as well as furthers the conversation, so it exists as more than just a joke.

Overall American Beauty is fantastic. The plot and subplot are very good, the characters are great, and it's incredibly funny without feeling forced. In the end I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this movie, so long as you're willing to be wowed.
2016-04-06
One of my faves of the year...simply great.
This movie was a joy to watch. I didn't know what to expect when I came into it. I had heard the buzz of the acting and the story, etc...but we've all heard that before and had been disappointed, but not so with this one.

Kevin Spacey plays this part to a "T". He is strong when it requires and meek when it is needed. His emotional rollercoaster ride is a trip to partake in. Annette Bening is marvelous as well. I think they both should be nominated.

The support cast is also spectacular. Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari all give great performances as the troubled "Teenagers" in the film. Of particular mention is Wes Bentley's performance, worthy of a supporting nomination as well.

This is a dramatic and funny tale of a man and his life in a state of turmoil and transition. When he happens to see a beautiful friend of his daughter's at a cheerleading exhibition, he is completely infatuated with her beauty. Using this as his inspiration, he attempts to change all aspects of his life. He confronts his marriage, his job, his ego, and his libido.

The music in this film is also very well chosen. There are moments when the music fits so perfectly with the scene that they meld together as one to present a perfect emotion.

The plot can get rather involved, but you will follow it endlessly to see where you go. I was simply involved, hook, line and sinker.

See this movie more than once, and skip some of the other movies out now that are dare I say, trash.

This should be on the top of many critic's lists this year and it is certainly on top of mine.

My Rating (1 - 10): 10

1999-11-05
One of the year's finest
Watching "American Beauty" is like looking into a handful of American lives slowly plunging into moral and emotional devastation. Although these people are gaining a sincerely fulfilling happiness, they are also slowly losing their grip on human value and order. This is not your average social commentary, it has something most satires lack; poignancy. On one hand, this is a scathing examination of the facades and truths that surround a seemingly "perfect" suburban family, displaying what it would be like if everyone's true colours emerged, as they liberate themselves from the painful phoniness that society forces them to live by. One the other hand, "American Beauty" is a thought-provoking and emotionally devastating character study of two families finally achieving joy for the first time in their lives, unaware of the profound impact they are having on themselves and each other, and neglecting the consequences that will inevitably follow. "American Beauty" shines in almost everyway, from it's stunning imagery of beauty fused with immorality, to it's darkly hilarious script, this is one of those rare films that stay with you for a long time. But the main thing that makes this movie soar are the performances, Kevin Spacey and Anette Benning are simply sensational as the feuding married couple exploring new realms of life, Wes Bentley, Chris Cooper, Mena Suvari and Thora Birch also showcase excellent performances. A truly remarkable film.
1999-10-10
BEST FILM OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!
this film is total excellence. it includes all parts of a whole story you want to see, besides going to places where other directors never thought of even touching. this film touches it all and keeps going, all the characters are truly spectacular. Kevin Spacey deserves nothing less then a oscar nomination for his role.. spectacular as always.. and his best film to date. you have to see this movie.. its a must see this fall and the best of the year!@!!!!!
1999-09-25
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