American Beauty

American Beauty

DVD - 1999
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A biting, penetrating and often humorous look at contemporary life in suburban America. When midlife crisis hits, Lester Burnham's fascination with a young girl spurs him to make some major changes in his life.
Publisher: [Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, c1999
Edition: The awards ed
ISBN: 9780783241234
0783241232
Branch Call Number: AME
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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firefly5
May 31, 2017

Boring. It would be a 1/10, it was that bad.

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gingin1972
Dec 03, 2016

Over rated boring movie!

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Mar 03, 2015

Critics be damned - American Beauty has got to be one of the most despicable depictions of male, mid-life crisis that has ever been filmed.

If Kevin Spacey's character, Lester Burnham, was supposed to actually represent an average, 42 year-old, American male in mid-life crisis, then I believe that our society, in general, is in even more trouble than I had originally thought. Burnham was, basically, nothing but a big, self-centered suck.

I was truly astounded to see just how utterly slimy that Burnham was in his day-to-day dealings with other people.

Lester Burnham, a low-life, pedophilliac bugger (who lusted like a grunting pig after 16 year-old girls), deserved the crappy job that he chose for himself at McDonalds. Being a crummy, little burger-flipper was so him.

Even though I don't condone cold-blooded murder, I certainly felt no remorse for Burnham when he was gunned down by Frank Fitts. In a sense, he bloody-well had it coming.

One can only shudder to think of how many other people's lives that Burnham would have eventually contaminated had he continued to remain alive. At the rate that he was going I'm sure that he would have inevitably resorted to exposing himself in public, or molesting very young children, or something as equally vile as that.

I find it very-very peculiar, indeed, that American Beauty actually struck such a unanimously positive chord with a vast number of the movie-going public. I guess that these many viewers must've strongly identified with the screwed-up characters and off-kilter situations that were presented in this movie. I surely didn't feel that way.

All-in-all, I certainly saw nothing in American Beauty that even slightly resembled that of "beauty" (above or below the surface). It was all looking pretty ugly to me..... What more can I say?

bears1985 Jan 31, 2014

Very good surprised me not what I expected but that said this movie is not for everyone

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 20, 2013

An excellent debut film by British director Sam Mendes. the story is about the three members of a dysfunctional family, and their neighbours and friends. Due to the subject matter, it may not be everyone's cup of tea. But I find it very well acted and enjoyable to watch.

An okay film - not for everyone.

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slarsen
Dec 08, 2013

What a good movie. Great cast of professionals.

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gosselil
Sep 03, 2013

Not a surprise it won Best Picture and Best Actor for Kevin Spacey.

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TheRyanMcNeil
Jul 08, 2013

One of the best movies of all time. Kevin Spacey at his absolute best. Although it is a drama i was surprised with the amount of humour in it. This movie defiantly deserved Best Picture.
A must see for everyone at some point.
amazing acting, cinematography, directing. It's just a one of a kind.

lasertravis May 01, 2013

An incredible drama with some dark humor. Killer performances by everyone. Smartly written. Brilliant. However, the movie is graphic and probably not for everyone.

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MATTHEW BRUNS
Nov 12, 2015

Violence: A scene of violence at the end of the movie

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MATTHEW BRUNS
Nov 12, 2015

Sexual Content: This film contains strong sexuality

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MATTHEW BRUNS
Nov 12, 2015

Coarse Language: There are 30 F words, 2 C words and many more words throughout.

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MATTHEW BRUNS
Nov 12, 2015

Other: This film contains drug content.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 20, 2013

Sexual Content: Plenty of swearing and some sexual situations, including frontal nudity.

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Bruinfan
Oct 22, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Bruinfan
Oct 22, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Jul 08, 2013

TheRyanMcNeil thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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