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One of my favorite films in recent years was American Beauty. This movie was highly acclaimed, winning five Academy Awards. These included best picture and Kevin Spacey winning Best Actor.
This is a film about people struggling with life. It keys on the lives of a family with only a mother father and daughter. We watch these three people struggle with their lives, and with each other.
Kevin Spacey plays the father Lester, and he is going through a mid-life crisis. He hates his job, his family hates him, and he is simply bored with life. His wife Carolyn is always criticizing him, and his teenage daughter Jane is rebelling against her parents. She is disgusted by how they behave.
Carolyn is a materialistic woman who is very bitchy. She has a real estate career herself and is always looking to make money and improve her status. She starts to cheat on her husband with a married man she feels is more motivated like she is.
Jane is a teenager who feels unwanted. Her best friend is a sexy girl appearing to have it all. Even her dad has the hots for her friend Angela, and Jane can see it.
Eventually Lester “loses it” at work and quits his job. He gets a good severance pay because he knows some bad things the company has done. He leaves his job and finds work at a fast food place. He also starts working out, and smoking marijuana too.
Jane finds a boyfriend in the new kid next door, Ricky. Ricky is a strange kid with a tough family life himself. His father is a closet homosexual with a strict military background. This has left his mother as a dominated shell of a woman. Ricky sells pot, and becomes Lester’s supplier and friend.
This sets the stage for a powerful ending, which I won’t spoil for anyone who hasn’t seen the film. This is a brilliant film and Kevin Spacey is at his ultimate best. American Beauty is a must see movie.
Refreshingly, this was one of those CDs I was able to just pop in and comfortably listen to from beginning to end. Watch Full Movie Relegation to the corner of the living room or the loft will probably ensue! You get MP4s that are in great condition and are not overseas copies.