American Beauty

American Beauty

American Beauty

Sam Mendes' comedy-drama feature debut, winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Director and Best Film. Provoked by forbidden passions, middle-aged office drone Lester Burnham (Spacey) decides to make a few changes in his rut of a life, changes that are less midlife crisis than adolescence reborn. The freer he gets, the happier he gets, which is even more maddening to his wife, Carolyn (Anette Bening), and daughter Jane (Thora Birch) - especially when he turns his lustful gaze toward Jane's friend, the sultry Angela (Mena Suvari).

Winner of 5 Oscars, including Best Actor (Spacey), Director and Film, Academy Awards 2000. Audience Award winner at Toronto Film Festival 1999. Best Film (Drama), Golden Globes 2000.
1999Rating: MA15+122 minsUSA
ComedyDrama

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American Beauty / Reviews

Variety

Variety

A script as fresh and distinctive as any produced in the States in recent memory.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

If you don't share the film's piercing vision of what really matters, someday you will.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A blood-chilling dark comedy with unexpected moments of both fury and warmth, a strange, brooding and very accomplished film that sets us back on our heels from its opening frames.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

An incisive, deliriously funny and profound vision of the American Dream hitting meltdown.

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