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BTDesign Award
American Beauty (1999)

Cast: Kevin Spacey, , Annette Bening, , Thora Birch, , Wes Bentley, , Mena Suvari, , Chris Cooper, , Peter Gallagher, , Allison Janney, , Scott Bakula, , Sam Robards, , Barry Del Sherman

Director(s): Sam Mendes

Language: English

Genre: Social Drama


AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on June 2, 2006, 11:35 am
Spacey was so much fun to watch here. He may be a little nuts, but everyone around him is nuttier. It really is enough to drive a guy crazy, and I loved seeing him quit his job and just kinda give up and do what he wants (everyone's dream, right?).
Loved when he went for an interview at McDonald's afterwards, and they see he's WAAY over-qualified and he just tells them he wants a job with the least amount of responsibilty possible.
In the end, I wouldn't really call it a happy movie, but it sorta is. Spacey resigns himself to his fate and seems okay with it.
There are definitely dark moments - the rebellious daughter, the family quarrels, the psycho neighbour (Chris Cooper in a great role) - but I find the humour in Spacey's performance tempers it. He's bleak, blunt, cynical, sarcastic, and wary of his surroundings, but lightly comic too, and very deserving of the Oscar he won. And Mena Suvari is hot.

Deril wrote on June 2, 2006, 12:59 pm
How was this not reviewed yet??

LOVED this movie. I own it. I've seen it a dozen times. performances were great by ALL.

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