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American Beauty

2h 2m Drama 1999
Oscar - Best Picture

AroView: Signifying a coming-of-age of the ‘indie’ movie and mainstream acceptance of a darker sensibility, this most quirky of all Academy Award winners is a bitter pill of domestic and spiritual dysfunction candy-coated in cheery satire, smart pacing and winning performances.

Kevin Spacey is the fortysomething malcontent - loveless, jobless and soulless in upper suburbia - the sting being that underneath all his fear and loathing lies an essentially decent everyman. Thoroughly engaging and astutely written, the film only falls short of its reputation in the final reel, where it perhaps overworks to find both closure and significance.


Sam Mendes



Closed Captions [CC]

English [cc]



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