American Beauty

Spacey, Kevin

SKU: 032429256379

UPC 032429256379
Release Date 2017-08-29
Studio Paramount Home Entertainment
Discs 1
Length 121
Format (unknown)
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights, smoking pot, doing nothing, and discovering the overflowing sexuality of his 16-year-old daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), has her own midlife crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Thora Birch), the Burnhams' daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Wes Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries a video camera around with him at all times. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper), discovers something potentially horrifying on one of his tapes, and when Carolyn's rage for Lester's actions boils over, the time bomb finally explodes.Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting. A flawless cast (Spacey, Bening, Birch, Suvari, Bentley, and especially Cooper) combines to deliver one of the decade's strongest ensemble performances in this multiple-Oscar-winning film. Director Sam Mendes, already a wunderkind in the world of British theater, proves that his talent isn't limited to the stage in his feature-length debut....Consistently provocative and devilishly amusing....AMERICAN BEAUTY is a real American original...Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's Ten Best Movies of 1999 -- ...[A] justly celebrated look at what gets lost in life when we numb ourselves to feeling......Sees beauty in our most common mistakes and failures. This is a masterpiece... -- 5 out of 5 starsI rule!--Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey)AMERICAN BEAUTY composer Thomas Newman won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media....AMERICAN BEAUTY is that rare instance where all the elements of a movie -- story, setting, acting, shot construction -- come together to convey its message......Spacey gives sardonic snap to every line he delivers....The movie is a beaut. It's as feeling as it is funny, a quality recent movies seemed to have lost......Unsettling, unnerving, undefinable....BEAUTY is a blood-chilling dark comedy with unexpected moments of both fury and warmth, a strange, brooding and very accomplished film that sets us back on our heels from its opening frames......Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham...
Cast Chris Cooper (Star)
Wes Bentley (Star)
Peter Gallagher (Star)
Mena Suvari (Star)
Barry Del Sherman (Star)
Allison Janney (Star)
Sam Robards (Star)
Thora Birch (Star)
Annette Bening (Star)
Dan Jinks (Producer)
Naomi Shohan (Production Designer)
Thomas Newman (Composer)
Sam Mendes (Director)
Julie Weiss (Costume Designer)
Pete Townshend (Song Composer)
Scott Bakula (Star)
Kevin Spacey (Star)
Alan Ball (Screenwriter)
Tariq Anwar (Editor)
Bruce Cohen (Producer)
Conrad L. Hall (Director of Photography)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Region [unknown]
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.35000
Width 5.30000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Romance
Attribute Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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