Look out, this could be America's best
film for '99.
It has everything: consumerism, sex, unemployment,
drugs, peer pressure, loneliness, discrimination, and violence.
Kevin Spacey is brilliant and plays a difficult
role, between Lester the comic and Lester the rejuvenated man.
This spellbinding, entertaining film shows
what actors can do at the top of their form. You won't feel cheated,
and it's emotionally satisfying.
The nuclear family goes ballistic as a
father having a mid-life crisis goes straight for his daughter's
cheerleader friend for a remedy. Strange--not as strange as the
new next-door-neighbors or his wife's obsession for a real estate
Well cast, well acted, and--well sometimes
you just have to stop and smell the roses.
American Beauty is not a pretty movie,
and it's not a polite family drama, nor sentimental, nor a comedy.
But it is laced with very dark humor.
This film is strictly adult entertainment,
with a fine cast and a remarkable director who finds truth and
depth in this suburban drama. It's very often funny and sad in
the same breath--an impressive tale of loneliness, desire, and
the hollowness of conformity.
A great entertaining experience.