American Beauty

American Beauty

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Average of 15981 ratings: 3.6 Stars

1999 M Contains violence,offensive language,drug use and sex scenes.

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A funny, moving and shocking journey through life in suburban America....look closer at fortysomething ad man Lester Burnham and his status-seeking wife, Carolyn, as their marriage and lives slowly unravel. Lester's wife hates him, his daughter Jane regards him with contempt, and his boss is positioning him for the axe....look closer as Lester decides to make a few changes in his life; the freer he gets, the happier he gets. But Lester is about to learn that the ultimate freedom comes at the ultimate price....look closer at an acclaimed cast led by the brilliant performances from Kevin Spacey as Lester and Annette Bening as Carolyn....look closer at a "flat-out masterpiece" (Rod Dreher, New York Post)

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117 minutes
Dreamworks SKG
2000 Academy Awards
Best Picture
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey
2000 Golden Globes
Best Motion Picture - Drama
2000 BAFTA
BAFTA Award for Best Film: Sam Mendes
1999 Toronto Film Festival
People's Choice Award
1999 BAFTA
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: Kevin Spacey
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role: Annette Bening

DVD details

Screen Format
2.35:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English for the Hearing Impaired, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish
English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Digital 2.0 surround-encoded

Blu-ray details

Screen Format
1080p High Definition Widescreen 16x9 2.35:1
English for the hearing impaired
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

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5 by kgx1

"American Beauty" has been dubbed 'a modern day classic' and it doesn't take more than one viewing to agree with that statement. Winner of 5 Oscars in 2000, American Beauty is a movie that'll leave... Read more

5 by bridgmans

A wonderful take on white, middle-class angst. It throws stereotype after stereotype at you in a way which would be laughable if it wasn't so horribly true. Amongst all the awfulness of the 'all american... Read more

5 by Emily1247

This movie has one of the most understanding stories. It shows the characters in all their states of reality and strangeness then shows them as it goes along on how they became they way they are. It was very moving.

5 by pauliemac

Sam Mendes has crafted an excellent peek into the disolving lives of some excellently drawn characters. Beautifully shot, it features outstanding work by Spacey, Benning, and especially Chris Cooper... Read more

5 by jlpetterson

The greatest analysis of the underbelly of suburban society, play director Sam Mendes' daring, memorable analysis of the so-called "perfect family" echoes of films like Blue Velvet and Happiness. Definitely worth a watch.

4 by detn8a

Awesome movie, great acting! Not what I expected at all! Really enjoyed it.

5 by funnythat

One of my favourite films of all time. Subtle and beautifully shot. Sam Mendes at his genius best.

5 by juchebro

American Beauty deserves six stars it's that good. Superb acting, haunting music and intelligent, thought provoking script this movie will make you look closer at your life and your values. However... Read more

5 by gypsy

my favourite movie loved story pace and acting ,directing editing as you can see loved it all I think its a cinematic masterpeice dont hesitate to watch