American Beauty

AMERICAN BEAUTY, US poster art, 1999

Drama, Romance

Director: Sam Mendes Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Barry Del Sherman, Ara Celi, John Cho, Marissa Jaret Winokur

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role (Kevin Spacey); Best Director (Sam Mendes); Best Original Screenplay (Alan Ball); Best Cinematography

Also Nominated For: Best Actress in a Leading Role (Annette Bening); Best Film Editing; Best Original Score (Thomas Newman)

I First Saw In: c. 2007

Synopsis: A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.

Quotables: BRAD: You got a minute, Lester?
LESTER: For you, Brad? I’ve got five!

And now a Word from the Guise:
This is a master stroke of cinema, a true work of beauty from Sam Mendes that dissects the individual minds of the dysfunctional American and the societal standards we labour to live up to. The insignificance of normalcy we endeavour to achieve often eclipses the wondrous moments in our lives, as we become evermore cynical of our mundane routines.

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