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Published on January 7th, 2019

A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.

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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Movie Reviews: “American Beauty

Movie Review: CNN

“American Beauty” is deeply disturbing, acerbically funny, brilliantly acted, breathtakingly original and highly sophisticated.

In other words, it’s not your typical high-concept Hollywood film, and some feel it might be a hard sell with mainstream audiences. But positive word-of-mouth is spreading through the industry after early screenings in Los Angeles and New York City. Rest assured, this film will not be overlooked come Academy Awards time.

Kevin Spacey gives an Oscar-caliber performance as Lester Burnham, a man only going through the motions of living. At heart, he’s lost and searching for meaning in his well-appointed but empty life. Annette Bening may also be considered for Oscar gold for her portrayal as his brittle wife Carolyn. She’s a woman who just skims the surface of life, preferring a thin facade to introspection.

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Movie Review: Observer

American Beauty

American Beauty may be the best movie of the year. Certainly, I have not seen anything this good in 1999, and I seriously doubt I will see anything better. It is the best way I can think of to end an old millennium and begin a new one-the kind of powerful, brilliant, profoundly moving and refreshingly innovative film experience the entire motion picture industry can be proud of, and the kind of rare and provocative once-in-a-filmgoing-lifetime experience audiences can treasure. After a punishing summer of bogus comedies, dumb action epics and brainless sex romps that only the village idiot could applaud, it is certainly a gratifying way to begin the new fall season. The kids have left the mall; time for the grown-ups to take over.

American Beauty is, at first glance, another spin on the dysfunctional American family (is there any other kind?) that might remind you of The Ice Storm, but as each layer unfolds, you realize how complex and unique it is. It throbs with the tempo of a vein pulsing in the head before a stroke. Here, on a maple-lined street in a perfect all-American suburb, no one is what he or she appears to be; everyone is pretending to be someone else, each neighbor hides an inner self behind a mask of purpose and guile, and there are dark secrets in the rose gardens.

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Movie Review: Seattle Times

American Beauty

Movie review XXXX “American Beauty,” with Kevin Spacey, Wes Bentley, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney. Directed by Sam Mendes, from a script by Alan Ball. 115 minutes. Guild 45th, Pacific Place. “R” – Restricted because of strong sexuality, language, violence and drug content.

Praised to the heavens as the late-1990s answer to Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate,” this remarkable new comedy-drama actually demonstrates more compassion for the older generation than Nichols did. It’s as if Mrs. Robinson had acquired a soul and decided to narrate the story herself.

While Mrs. Robinson was the most jaded character in “The Graduate,” her counterpart in “American Beauty” is a middle-aged burnout, Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), whose idea of rejuvenating his life is to have an affair with a teenage cheerleader, Angela (Mena Suvari).

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