How can a fifty-something, white, male reviewer even have something to say about this? I feel like I'm treading on toes even watching it. I know there is a message here which feels like it shouldn't have to be re-iterated, although it clearly does. Great soundtrack, the acting is fine and it's easy to watch, but shame on all of us, really, that despite its dark comedy, this is still all too real.
A remake of Wir Monster (2015). This story of unfortunate family ties stars Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos as divorced parents to Kayla, as played by Joey King, their somewhat entitled fifteen-year-old daughter.
When Kayla is being taken to her ballet retreat by her father, they pick up one of her friends along the way, who is also going. Whilst not previously arranged, the father agrees to take Kayla's friend Britney along too. Not the smartest of moves, as whilst…
I was hooked by the time the opening narration from Lester Burnham was over. As the camera tracks down the street where Joe Anybody lives in the comfortable, safe, predictable burbs of white, middle class America, we learn that this is the last year of Lester's life and from beyond the grave, he is going to tell you what he's learnt about just what life should really be about. Too late for Lester, but not for us.
American Beauty simply…
My ex-wife coined the term 'deviant', in my recollections. It was both a term of endearment and a brutally honest assessment about what foul depravity I would be prepared to do, just to see if it was fun or not. I don't think I was that bad, personally. It's not like I came home from work one evening with a baseball bat, tub of Swarfega and a Ukrainian hermaphrodite named Vlad for a game of "how far can you insert…