American Beauty follows Lester Burnham, a middle aged man who seems to have it all, the perfect wife, the perfect house and above all the perfect life. Yet beneath it all Lester is having a mid-life crisis and becomes infatuated by his daughter's friend Angela. Then there is Lester's daughter, Janey who is having a crisis with her body and is in love with Ricky the strange boy next door. Slowly Lester drifts away from his materialistic wife Carolyn, who is merely obsessed with selling properties and having the perfect life. Lester decides to make a few changes in his life leading to his ultimate freedom, but is this at a price?
American Beauty will drag you in to the life of fortysomething Lester, leading you to decide whether you feel sympathy or disregard for his actions. This film is renowned for its stunning visual effects including the reoccurrence of the colour red. Starring some of the most famous name's in film including Kevin Spacey and Mena Suvari this film has the perfect cast to fit the storyline. It entwines dark drama with moments of comedy including the scene where Lester takes a job at the local fast food restaurant for the least possible responsibility. If you like films with a good storyline, well thought out characters and a gritty ending then this film is a must.
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