American Beauty (1999) live action, movie – USA

American Beauty
Drama, romance
Director Sam Mendes
Writer Alan Ball
Cast Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Barry Del Sherman

 

A middle age man goes through a mid-life crisis when he gets a crush on his daughters friend, who happens to be very insecure. His wife has no interest in him. The daughter is embarrassed by him. Then a new family moves in next door with an unusual teenage son that likes filming everything and takes an interest in the daughter. Then he has a bigoted father.

 

The entire thing just felt… awkward and uncomfortable. Everyone was awkward. Nearly everyone was sexually frustrated. The ones that weren’t were awkward. The neighbour boy especially. He was very… you know those 16 year old boys that try to be cool but end up being really awkward and creepy and obsessed with some girl? Add in pot and you have that kid. Probably brain damaged from that father of his. One of those conservatives that are very vocal about gayness. Add in military background and you have one fucked up daddy.

The plot I feel like was just trying to be as awkward and uncomfortable as possible. Then I can’t tell if the acting (especially of the main girl and the boy) was really crappy or if it was really good. I guess it sort of depends on what they were going for.

 

Overall, it killed a couple hours. Watched it because I was told it was good and something I’d like. After watching it, I doubt it’s something I would actually seek out to watch and I certainly wouldn’t rewatch it. Maybe the bag scene if I want a laugh.

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