All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
Lester Burnham, a depressed suburban father in a mid-life crisis, decides to turn his hectic life around after developing an infatuation with his daughter's attractive friend.
- ...And I'm missing the James Bond marathon on TNT.- Lester Burnham
- This country is going straight to hell! - Colonel Frank Fitts
I am Lester Burnham.
How could be a beautiful flower couldn't smell, and exhilarates his own perfume as essence of his own body? We're all the same flower named American Beauty? We all flourish in the form?
It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back...Beauty....
American Beauty is America with white fences, red roses on the garden...Blue windows and Red door making an dark mirror onto America and his citizens which lives upon there. All the things there give me some darkest echoes to…
I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
What is your purpose in life? How do you feel about yourself? How do you interact with other people? Is your life turning into one big routine?
This film teaches you how to look closer at life, discover more, and understand further. Never judge a book by its cover, and certainly never judge a person by how they present themselves; there may be much much more hidden underneath the surface.
An amazingly inspirational piece with some of the most beautiful (and most re-circulated) soundtrack I've ever heard. Sam Mendes does us proud.
Look closer: some things aren't as pretty as they seem - a concept, point of exploration and conventional means of getting simple stories off the ground in a new way that goes as far back as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. This didn't keep Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch and countless others from exploring it and giving their own twist to it. Yet, 1999 comes around and what exactly does first time director Sam Mendes do in a messy debut? He gives us this and this alone in a bipolar mood-swing of malnourished ideas and clunky themes. And yes, it won best picture.
American Beauty pits a smorgasbord of issues and one-sided backing hardships to a well laid out American suburbia,…
Sunday Morning Review!
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Inside this overbearingly dreary and kind of melancholy tale, there is something to be seen that is profoundly... beautiful. The increasingly tragic tale of the middle aged Lester Burnham and his secret obsession with the stunning blonde High School beauty Angela is one of the best films of American cinema in the late nineties and was a perfect movie to usher in a new age of films for the 2000's. It's slightly overrated and its most definitely far from perfect but I still find it hard to deny the strong writing and its odd, transfixing way of storytelling that mixes the…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I DON'T KNOW HOW I HAVEN'T SEEN THIS UNTIL NOW.
THIS IS THE MOST AMAZING FILM. Every issue in life I feel passionate about is dealt with here. Commercialism, conformity, materialism, happiness, greed, the American Dream, beauty, homosexuality, acceptance of others, traditionalism, false images and more. There is so much content in this film, seeing it once is merely reading the blurb on the back.
Not to mention, one of my favourite actors, Kevin Spacey is bloody fantastic here. He's amazing. How does he manage so somehow restrained yet so free and happy? He feels completely believable as the initial Lester, and as the changed Lester. THAT is skill, to not only play technically two completely different characters, but demonstrate…
A depressing look at the true face of people behind their superficial facade and their white picket fences. One of my favourite movies of all time.
As someone who grew up in middle American suburbia this movie hit very close to home. It covers all it's bases in obnoxious suburban stereotypes. It drives many of these stereotypes to there absolute extreme, but that doesn't make them any less true. From the angsty, wannabe alt kids, to the insecure pretty girl, to the gay bashing, red blooded military man, to the petty, artificial housewife; they're all there. Too many great performances in this to really list, but Kevin Spacey was incredible as usual. The ending redeemed some hope and optimism which was nice as well.
American Big Fods
The plot surprised me. I thought it eas superficial but in the end ... gee ...
This came out when I was 9 and all I remember was the rose petals in all the commercials.
In the midst of my Wes Bentley kick (oh yes many more Bentley movies are coming, y'all better clench up), I finally sat down and watched American Beauty. This movie had great, GREAT performances (with a really strong debut from Bentley and a totally solid one from Chris Cooper, whom I absolutely adore) and such a weird, weird sense of humor. I'm sure Peter Gallagher and his eyebrows will haunt me for days to come, but I know I'll never look at a plastic bag the same way.
such a great movie.
American Beauty already feels like a classic in a way. I'm positive that this film will still be picked by teachers or sociologists or whatever to dissect and explain the falseness of the infamous "American Dream" in years to come. It's the poster child of movies that are all about showing the nasty side of the perfect everyday American lifestyle.
It might come off as preachy or edgy to some but it will always hold some piece of truth which is already memorable.
But message and interpretive bullshit aside: This film also is just captivating from beginning to end.
A good soundtrack, good performances, a good narration and a few chuckles here and there always make this a pleasant watch.…
WHOA PLOT TWIST.
Certainly a few things I did not anticipate. Like for one the fact that 'American Beauty' was not a title referring to Lester's pining for Angela, as I originally thought it was. I should have known better. Clearly it was referencing a camcorder video of a plastic bag blowing around in a circle for fifteen minutes and the gratitude that every individual owes for the small and seemingly boring moments of their lives. The other thing would be who ends up killing Lester, but I figure most people endured that shocker as well.
Now that I'm seeing Wes Bentley pop up everywhere, I'm really developing a solid admiration for him. Though his eyebrows and piercing blue eyes…
one of my faves!!!! do not watch this w your dad tho ok i have made that mistake and i regret so much
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