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American Beauty [Blu-ray] [] [Region 1]

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  • AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights, smoking pot, doing nothing, and discovering the overflowing sexuality of his 16-year-old daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), has her own midlife crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Thora Birch), the Burnhams' daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Wes Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries a video camera around with him at all times. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper), discovers something potentially horrifying on one of his tapes, and when Carolyn's rage for Lester's actions boils over, the time bomb finally explodes.

    Academy Awards Best Picture 1999
    Academy Awards Best Actor 1999 Kevin Spacey American actor
    Academy Awards Best Cinematography 1999 Conrad L. Hall Director of Photography, Father of Conrad W. Hall
    Academy Awards Best Director 1999 Sam Mendes Theatre/Film Director
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1999 Alan Ball Screenwriter/Director

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  • Credits
    Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Peter Gallagher, Chris Cooper, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Barry Del Sherman
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Consistently provocative and devilishly amusing....AMERICAN BEAUTY is a real American original..."
    Variety

    "...AMERICAN BEAUTY is that rare instance where all the elements of a movie -- story, setting, acting, shot construction -- come together to convey its message..."
    Box Office

    "...Spacey gives sardonic snap to every line he delivers....The movie is a beaut. It's as feeling as it is funny, a quality recent movies seemed to have lost..."
    USA Today

    "...Unsettling, unnerving, undefinable....BEAUTY is 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..."
    Los Angeles Times

    Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...[A] justly celebrated look at what gets lost in life when we numb ourselves to feeling..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Sees beauty in our most common mistakes and failures. This is a masterpiece..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
    Premiere

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

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