American beauty

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DreamWorks Home Entertainment,
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Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret and Nicole Kidman's turn in The Blue Room, made his motion picture debut with this film about the dark side of an American family, and about the nature and price of beauty in a culture obsessed with outward appearances. 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. American Beauty was also the screen debut for screenwriter Alan Ball. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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auth_author2 Ball, Alan, 1957-, Bening, Annette., Bentley, Wes, 1978-, Birch, Thora., Cohen, Bruce, 1961-, Cooper, Chris, 1951-, Jinks, Dan., Mendes, Sam., Spacey, Kevin., Suvari, Mena, 1979-
author2-role Ball, Alan,1957-, Bening, Annette., Bentley, Wes,1978-, Birch, Thora., Cohen, Bruce,1961-, Cohen, Bruce,1961-film producer., Cooper, Chris,1951-, DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm), Dreamworks Pictures., Jinks, Dan., Mendes, Sam., Spacey, Kevin., Suvari, Mena,1979-
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display_description An emotionally & spiritually comatose suburban man decides "to hell with it all" and reverts to living as he did when he was happiest--as a carefree teenager. His desperately uptight wife and sullen daughter can only look on as he quits his corporate job to become a burger flipper, starts getting high with a strange new neighbor (whose parents are even stranger) and lusts after a pouty blonde teenager--his daughter's best friend.
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title_full American beauty / Dreamworks Pictures ; produced by Bruce Cohen and Dan Jinks ; written by Alan Ball ; directed by Sam Mendes, American beauty / Dreamworks Pictures presents ; directed by Sam Mendes ; written by Alan Ball ; produced by Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks ; a Jinks/Cohen Company production, American beauty [videorecording] / Dreamworks Pictures presents ; directed by Sam Mendes ; written by Alan Ball ; produced by Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks ; a Jinks/Cohen Company production
title_short American beauty
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