American Beauty [DVD] [1999]

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  • Release Date: 01/24/2017
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (65 out of 67)

Synopsis


American Beauty
Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret and Nicole Kidman's turn in The Blue Room, made his motion picture debut with this film about the dark side of an American family, and about the nature and price of beauty in a culture obsessed with outward appearances. Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man in his mid-40s going through an intense midlife crisis; he's grown cynical and is convinced that he has no reason to go on. Lester's relationship with his wife Carolyn (Annette Bening) is not a warm one; while on the surface Carolyn strives to present the image that she's in full control of her life, inside she feels empty and desperate. Their teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) is constantly depressed, lacking in self-esteem, and convinced that she's unattractive. Her problems aren't helped by her best friend Angela (Mena Suvari), an aspiring model who is quite beautiful and believes that that alone makes her a worthwhile person. Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life. Meanwhile, next door, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper) has spent a lifetime in the Marine Corps and can understand and tolerate no other way of life, which makes life difficult for his son Ricky (Wes Bentley), an aspiring filmmaker and part-time drug dealer who is obsessed with beauty, wherever and whatever it may be. American Beauty was also the screen debut for screenwriter Alan Ball. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kevin Spacey
    Kevin Spacey - Lester Burnham
  • Annette Bening
    Annette Bening - Caroline Burnham
  • Thora Birch
    Thora Birch - Jane Burnham
  • Wes Bentley
    Wes Bentley - Ricky Fitts
  • Mena Suvari
    Mena Suvari - Angela Hayes



Customer rating

4.7
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for me

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    ordgar64
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    I understand what it is that this movie was trying to accomplish, that is, poking fun at American suburban shallowness etc. etc. However, it is one thing to have a good concept for a movie and another thing to actually pull it off. This movie didn't really work for me. I found myself unable to relate to any of the characters involved; it was like they were mere caricatures instead of real people. And I never reached the point to where I was really believing in the story either. I know that this movie was widely acclaimed and all but I didn't really think it was that good.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful movie

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    SethRico
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    I had this movie on my wishlist for a while, and to my surprise I was browsing at the store and it was on sale. I bought it right then and there and went home and watched it and it looked great, sounded great, and seeing as I got it for a great price I was more than happy. Kevin Spacey is a fantastic actor and the more movies I watch with him the more intrigued I am by his acting. This movie is unique and I recommend this for anyone who enjoys blu-ray, Kevin Spacey, or just an above par flick.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful, gripping, & emotional.

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    arnieb

    A great directorial debut by Sam Mendes! This film depicts the darker side of suburbia. The film tackles themes about basic human morality and digs deep into the human emotion. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening are great as the central characters. Their lives help us show that not everything might be great in marriage even though it looks perfect. It's rather depressing, but is an important film to watch. Not one to miss.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    American Beauty is an american classic!

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    ZombieToenail
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    The moment you see Kevin Spacey in the shower, you know what you are in for. A ranchy dramody movie that is memorable in every way. Spacey's acting is top notch. Annette Benning has never been better as the nagging wife with secrets of her own. I've never seen a movie like this that had me pulled in within 5 minutes. Watch it and you'll see why it won, I mean cleaned up the Oscars that year.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Story

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    MNGOLFER

    This is just an awesome movie that deserved its best picture award. The story lines is great dealing with the Middle class family and mid-life crisis to an extreme really. Kevin Spacey does an amazing job in the movie and so does the rest of the cast. Overall i would recommend this movie to anyone who likes good acting and a good story that keeps you wondering exactly what happens next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not Much To Appreciate

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    kevman79

    Another movie to garner and win several Academy Award nominations, ‘American Beauty’ is considered a great film by most critics. And while I don’t entirely disagree with them in certain aspects, I just can’t say I was overly impressed by this production, whose subject material basically attempts to glorify the decay of modern American society.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cinematic masterpiece

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    Justwantfun
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    The first time I saw this movie I was blown away. It has so many motifs and themes to it that should give people things to think about the this world we are in today. Great script, acting, cinematography and debut from then unknown director Sam Mendes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing movie

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    Themilkman
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    Amazing movie, great performance from Kevin spacey. However, the case came cracked. Other than that tho much love to bestbuy ,great movie, a must own film.

    I would recommend this to a friend




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