Year of Release: 1999
Director: Sam Mendes
Approx. Running Time: 122 minutes
My Rating: 3 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
...look closer at the most talked about film of the year. Intelligent, provocative and wickedly funny, American Beauty has struck a chord with audiences around the world and become a defining achievement in cinematic history.
...look closer at the most honored film of the year. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, American Beauty appeared on over 275 Top 10 lists and was named Best Picture of the Year by over 65 critics. In an extraordinary directorial debut, Sam Mendes (Directors Guild of America Award) teamed with screenwriter Alan Ball (Writers Guild of America Award) to capture unparalleled praise among critics and audiences alike.
...look closer at the most acclaimed cast of the year led by brilliant performances by Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening as the indelible Lester and Carolyn Burnham, a seemingly ordinary couple in an anonymous suburban neighborhood whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. From beginning to startling end, American Beauty has been deemd a "flat-out masterpiece" (Rod Dreher, New York Post) that will entertain and challenge audiences to ...look closer for years to come.
I haven't watched this film in quite some time, but I recall being somewhat disappointed by it. That's not to say that it is by any means a bad movie, but it really doesn't live up to the hype surrounding it. It has a strong cast and an interesting plot, but I don't think it deserved all the accolades and acclaim it received.
Rated R (MPAA)