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American Beauty

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Sam Mendes

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 182
  • Fresh: 161
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 8.2/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Boldly challenging our sympathies, [Lester] somehow wins them because, to borrow a phrase, he's a man in full. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jan 28, 2014

Fresh: American Beauty is deeply disturbing, acerbically funny, brilliantly acted, breathtakingly original and highly sophisticated. – Paul Clinton (,, Feb 22, 2015

Fresh: This amazing and impassioned fantasia about American loneliness begins as satire and ends with a vision of the sublime. – David Denby, New Yorker, Feb 24, 2013

Fresh: American Beauty approaches a manic, almost cartoonish edge without falling over. Both Spacey and Bening use extraordinary comic timing to bring these very sad, lost characters to life. – Jami Bernard, New York Daily News, Jan 28, 2014

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Customer Reviews

American Beauty? More Like - Good Movie!

Great album. This is clearly the best work by this group. Hey it was released three days before me birthday!!!! If you could see me, I'm smiling right now. Wait - $9.99??? It should be $10.99! Way to rip us off again ITunes! Seriously - the movie is nowt bad. Websters Online Dictionary Search - "nowt"....... 0 results Did you mean "not"?


This movie is simply a classic. Whenever I am feeling down I can watch this and it picks me up. What I would give to be Kevin Spacey in this movie.

simply perfect!!!

this is one of the greatest movies ever if not the best for anyone thinking about getting this movie and wants something deep and enriching movie thiis is it.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1999

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