American Beauty (1999) [English (MPEG Layer III, 111 kBit/s, 44 kHz, Stereo)]
Genre: Drama
Length: 2h 2m 0s
Director: Sam Mendes
Tagline: ... look closer
Plot outline: 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 daughters friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky who lives with a homophobic father. Summary written by Jessie Skinner {eietherbinge@hotmail.com} Lester Burnham is a loser suburbanite rebelling against his dead-end job, bitch-on-wheels wife, unloving daughter, and imminent middle-age. His subsequent actions unfold into a darkly comic drama laced with a stellar supporting cast and enough roses to fill a nursery. Summary written by lianna g. {buzzie@beer.com} Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is suffering a mid-life crisis that affects the lives of his family which is made up of his super bitch of a wife Carolyn and rebelling daughter Jane who hates him. Carolyn is a real estate agent a little too wrapped up in her job who takes on an affair with business rival Buddy Kane. Meanwhile Jane seems to fall in love with Ricky Fitts, the strange boy next door who is a drug dealer/documentarian who lives under a roof governed by a very strict marine father and a speechless mother. Lester's mid-life crisis causes him to drastically change his life around when he quits his job and works at a fast food restaurant. He starts working out to gain the attention of Angela, a friend of Jane's who brags about her sexual exploits every weekend. Lives change and not for the best. Summary written by Mystic80 Lester Burnham is in a mid-life crisis, caused by his stressed wife Carolyn and rebelling teenage daughter Jane. When Lester and Carolyn go watch Jane cheerleading, they meet Angela Hayes, and Lester, caught in sudden lust for Angela, decides to change his life. Angela and Jane's friendship is not all it seems, too, because Angela only brags about how many times she's done it with guys and stuff. That doesn't help an already insecure Jane very much but she finds solace in the arms of the next-door-neighbors' son, Ricky Fitts. Ricky, himself from a broken home as well, and Jane find they have a lot in common and eventually turn out to be soulmates. Summary written by Angélique Middendorp {G.J.M.Middendorp@caiw.nl} Lester è un quarantenne in crisi e fallito, nella famiglia come nel lavoro. Vive in un quartiere di benestanti, fuori New York. Un quartiere di gente 'tremendamente' comune. Intorno a lui una 'corte dei miracoli' altrettanto comune (almeno in superficie): Carolyn, la moglie, è agente immobiliare alla ricerca del successo, è frigida con lui come è focosa amante di un concorrente in ascesa ; Jane, la figlia diciottenne, si sente abbandonata dai genitori e si costruisce una storia con Ricky, uno strano coetaneo vicino di casa, che riprende i vicini con una videocamera, cercando di catturarne frammenti di vita ; Angela, la compagna di scuola della figlia, teen-ager dalle avventure piccanti (almeno così racconta), fa perdere la testa al povero Lester. In un finale preordinato e raccontato dalla voce del protagonista fin dall'inizio, si scioglie una storia senza speranza. AMERICAN BEAUTY è il nome di un genere di rosa (coltivata con cura da Carolyn) i cui petali affollano i sogni di Lester con Angela. Summary written by rosebud6
Comment: On the screen, when actors become real people, when lines become real voices, when a plot becomes a compelling, often humorous real-life drama, and the whole chronicles something about ourselves and our times, then we may have to at least consider that this might be "A Classic." American Beauty is a rich film which works in almost every department; the plot with its whodunnit/whydunnit tension, the acting performances; the photography and music enhancing some scenes as backdrops, prominently at the forefront and exhilerating in others; the wholly original and theatrically influenced direction and faultless production values. They all combine here to produce a great film. Films earn the label "Classic" through time. Time is as much a judge as are film critics or straight forward contemporary popularity. It's a little premature to rank American Beauty up there with Citizen Kane, Casablanca, Twelve Angry Men, Cuckoo's Nest, The Godfather, Schindler's List et al because Old Father T. hasn't yet mused on the issue long enough. It's quite possible that in 5 years' time, we'll be wondering what all the fuss was about. However, I'd wager that if OFT had to choose one film made in the last 5 years which might be in the frame for Eternal Citation, American Beauty would be it.
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Country: USA
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Actors:
Kevin SpaceyasLester Burnham
Annette BeningasCarolyn Burnham
Thora BirchasJane Burnham
Wes BentleyasRicky Fitts