American Beauty (1999)

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Directed By Sam Mendes Starring Kevin Spacey  •  Annette Bening  •  Thora Birch  •  Wes Bentley  •  Mena Suvari Genres Comedy Drama  •  Coming-of-Age  •  Drama  •  Family Drama  •  Tragi-comedy Studios &
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Academy Award Nominated  •  Academy Award Best Picture Winning  •  Academy Award Best Picture Nominated  •  They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?  •  1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die  •  DreamWorks SKG  •  Academy Award Best Cinematography Winning  •  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Nominated  •  Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay Winning  •  BAFTA Award for Best Film Winning  •  BAFTA Award for Best Film Nominated  •  Academy Award Best Cinematography Nominated  •  Toronto International Film Festival People's Choice Award Winning  •  MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Nominated  •  Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Drama Winning  •  National Board of Review Award for Best Film Winning  •  Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Picture Winning  •  London Film Critics' Circle Award for Film of the Year  •  Time Out: New York's 100 Best Movies of All Time  •  Writers Guild of America's 101 Greatest Screenplays
Release Info October 1, 1999
Color  •  122 minutes R Rated R
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Comments (11)

 
jeffallenhammer

jeffallenhammer on 8/20/2011 Reply  · 

At first I was ready to turn this film off, but then I realized the beauty of it: it's so true, everyone has problems and things they would be embarassed to admit to, the film just shows them.

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rockfan

rockfan on 8/30/2011 Reply  · 

Loved this movie. And I think it's especially great since it was Sam Mendes very first movie.

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Seb

Seb on 12/12/2011 Reply  · 

great, perfectly made movie

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CTR479

CTR479 on 9/15/2013 Reply  · 

One of the greatest films ever made. Beautiful,tragic,funny, sad and very hopeful too. Just wow.

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TC2012

TC2012 on 4/1/2014 Reply  · 

This movie is much, much better than it's ranking would appear.

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cheesydog1

cheesydog1 on 4/14/2014 Reply  · 

fantastic absolutely love this film

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Caesar

Caesar on 5/31/2014 Reply  · 

The more time passes, the more cartoonish and faux-profound this movie seems.

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GavinBerries

GavinBerries on 10/9/2014 Reply  · 

The movie isn't trying to make a profound influence on your life, it just highlights the futility that many of us live in through humour, romance and violence.. This is obviously meant to be taken with a grain of salt (It's not as if Mendes was trying to emulate suburban life as closely as possible).
The protaginist's profound moment of clarity is similar to the faux-profoundness of a movie like Office Space in this manner, it's done to be humourous. As for the romance, the effect of having the dysfunctional teen love is to contrast the maturty of the young people against the 'mature and developed' in their lives. Cartoonish is hardly an adequate description.

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The27Arsenal

The27Arsenal on 12/24/2014 Reply  · 

A masterpiece, plain and simple. It is utterly mesmerizing.

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AverageMovieBuff

AverageMovieBuff on 4/14/2015 Reply  · 

Very good movie. Spacey's best role. Not his best film but the best role he has had, very likable character.

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