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American Beauty

GENE

 SNICK

 GORDY

Gene the Barber

Snick the Sidekick

Gordie the Barber

AMERICAN BEAUTY

 

 

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 sale.

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.


Reviewed in 2000
Man on the Moon

The Talented Mr. Ripley
Magnolia

The Hurricane
Topsy-Turvy

Reviewed in 1999
The Blair Witch Project
The Iron Giant

Bowfinger
Mickey Blue Eyes
The Sixth Sense
Stir of Echoes
For Love of the Game
American Beauty
Three Kings
Fight Club
Bringing out the Dead
The Limey
Being John Malkovich
Pokemon
Toy Story 2
The World is Not Enough
The Green Mile
Bicentennial Man

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