His wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker; their sixteen-year-old daughter, Jane, abhors her parents and has low self-esteem. The Fitts' teenage son, Ricky, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder, collecting hundreds of recordings on video tapes in his bedroom, and uses his part-time job of a social events waiter as a front for his secret marijuana dealings. Frank is a strict disciplinarian who previously forced Ricky into a military academy and briefly committed him to a psychiatric hospital. Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood; Col.
Kevin Spacey plays Lester Burnham, a man in his mids 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 Suvarian 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 Bentleyan 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.Overview of American Beauty, , directed by Sam Mendes, with Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, at Turner Classic Movies.
Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 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 9/ Sep 24, · "American Beauty" is a comedy because we laugh at the absurdity of the hero's problems.
And a tragedy because we can identify with his failure--not the specific details, but the general outline. The movie is about a man who fears growing older, losing the hope of true love and not being respected by those who know him best.4/4.
In a voiceover, Lester tells us that he'll be dead within the year. And when we learn that he's the father of the girl from the home movie, we ask ourselves again: what kind of movie is this? Some kind of horror movie? We thought we were watching American Beauty, not American Patricide.
American Beauty is a American drama film directed by Sam Mendes and written by Alan Ball. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, a year-old advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari).Music by: Thomas Newman.
Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 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 .