History Film / AmericanBeauty

18th Jul '17 8:51:21 AM brian8871
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* BareYourMidriff: On the poster. Oddly, the midriff in question doesn't belong to any of the movie's stars.
18th Jun '17 4:09:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''American Beauty'' is a 1999 American {{dramedy}} film that won the Best Picture Oscar. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.

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''American Beauty'' is a 1999 American {{dramedy}} film that won the Best Picture Oscar.[[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]]. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.
18th Mar '17 10:13:49 PM KingClark
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-> "[[VerbalBusinessCard My name is Lester Burnham]]. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year, [[ForegoneConclusion I'll be dead]].
-> "...Of course, I don't know that yet. And, in a way, I'm dead already."

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-> "[[VerbalBusinessCard My name is Lester Burnham]]. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year, [[ForegoneConclusion I'll be dead]].
-> "...
dead]]... Of course, I don't know that yet. And, in a way, I'm dead already."
9th Mar '17 1:43:35 AM Runefurb
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* CreatorCameo: The producer plays the bartender at the place where Ricky works.
16th Feb '17 2:16:43 PM JulianLapostat
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** And it is itself arguably a SpiritualSuccessor of such famous "middle-aged adultery" comedies as ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' and ''[[Film/{{Ten}} 10]]'', albeit much darker than them.

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** And it is itself arguably a SpiritualSuccessor of such famous "middle-aged adultery" comedies as ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' and ''[[Film/{{Ten}} 10]]'', albeit much darker than them.them, as well as melodramas from TheFifties such as ''Film/BiggerThanLife'' (also a film about an American patriarch who feels jaded with ConspicuousConsumption and a mid-life crisis).
6th Feb '17 11:44:04 AM JamesAustin
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A [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] that won the Best Picture Oscar for 1999. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and there was great hype for a while about the younger actors, though unfortunately they haven't amounted to all that much since. Finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.

Notable for being a dark, cynical, and dead-funny look at modern suburbia, possibly encouraging the later trend of [[TrueArtIsAngsty arty/angsty]], relatively-obscure dramas getting all the Best Picture nods. It's also notable for juggling a ton of characters, ''successfully'', where most films top out at three or four.

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A [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] ''American Beauty'' is a 1999 American {{dramedy}} film that won the Best Picture Oscar for 1999.Oscar. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and there was great hype for a while about the younger actors, though unfortunately they haven't amounted to all that much since. Finally, finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.

Notable for being a dark, cynical, and dead-funny look at modern suburbia, possibly encouraging the later trend of [[TrueArtIsAngsty arty/angsty]], relatively-obscure dramas getting all the Best Picture nods. It's also notable for juggling a ton of characters, ''successfully'', where most films top out at three or four.
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Notable for being a dark, cynical, and dead-funny look at modern suburbia, possibly encouraging the later trend of [[TrueArtIsAngsty arty/angsty]], relatively-obscure dramas getting all the Best Picture nods. It's also notable for juggling a ton of characters, ''successfully'', where most films top out at three or four.



* BigOlEyebrows: Buddy Kane. DVDCommentary claims that cast and crew were occasionally mesmerized.

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* BigOlEyebrows: BigOlEyebrows:
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Buddy Kane. DVDCommentary claims that cast and crew were occasionally mesmerized.


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* CreepyGood: Ricky films people without their knowledge, as well as dead animals (and people), and speaks in a rather quiet, low voice, with a permanent intense stare, and is a drug dealer to boot. But he's actually a good guy (notably, he stops filming as soon as Jane asks him to, and clearly means no harm), and is probably more well-adjusted than most of the cast.
30th Jan '17 9:31:10 AM DemonDuckofDoom
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* BigBad: Col. Frank Fitts's abusive [[spoiler:and homicidal]] tendencies drive most of the plot.
17th Dec '16 4:42:12 PM CumbersomeTercel
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A [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] that won the Best Picture Oscar for 1999. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Chris Cooper also got his launch here, and there was great hype for a while about the younger actors, though unfortunately they haven't amounted to all that much since. Finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.

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A [[{{Dramedy}} dramedy]] that won the Best Picture Oscar for 1999. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Chris Cooper Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and there was great hype for a while about the younger actors, though unfortunately they haven't amounted to all that much since. Finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.



* '''Col. Frank Fitts, [[SemperFi USMC]]''' (Chris Cooper), a now-inactive Marine who fought in Vietnam. He's trying to raise Ricky in his own image ("[[CatchPhrase You need structure... you need discipline]]"), which is meeting with limited success. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment He's also a flaming homophobe]].

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* '''Col. Frank Fitts, [[SemperFi USMC]]''' (Chris Cooper), (Creator/ChrisCooper), a now-inactive Marine who fought in Vietnam. He's trying to raise Ricky in his own image ("[[CatchPhrase You need structure... you need discipline]]"), which is meeting with limited success. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment He's also a flaming homophobe]].



* CreatorCameo: The producer plays the bartender at the place where Ricky works.



* ContemptibleCover: If you know nothing about American Beauty, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a porn flick, given the title, the "Look closer" tagline and the prominent picture of a woman's midriff and the red rose. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance this was probably the designer's intention... to look closer and not judge anything by its cover]].

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* ContemptibleCover: If you know nothing about American Beauty, ''American Beauty'', you could be forgiven for thinking it was a porn flick, given the title, the "Look closer" tagline and the prominent picture of a woman's midriff and the red rose. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance this was probably the designer's intention... to look closer and not judge anything by its cover]].cover]].
* {{Corpsing}}:
** Lester and Ricky laughing when Carolyn finds them smoking weed was Kevin Spacey and Wes Bentley actually cracking up. The director just left it in.
** The scene where Lester rattles off a list of euphemisms for masturbating had to be re-shot several times, because Kevin Spacey kept shouting out different euphemisms and Annette Benning was collapsing into hysterical giggles.
* CreatorCameo: The producer plays the bartender at the place where Ricky works.
6th Aug '16 4:39:16 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* TheCheerleader: While Angela does fit the archetype, Jane is also a cheerleader. Carolyn mentions how dedicated she is to her routines as well.


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* PomPomGirl: Angela is of a good nature and can get people into cheers, she's self obsessed when not on the job. Jane is affable even when she's not acting as a cheerleader but even though she's enthusiastic she's not very good at it. Carolyn mentions how dedicated she is to her routines as well.
30th May '16 1:52:19 PM eroock
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* RepeatCut: The moment when Angela feels up Lester in the kitchen is repeated twice.

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* RepeatCut: Happens whenever Lester fantasizes about Angela:
** The moment Angela opens her top in Lester's fantasy sequence at the basketball game.
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The moment when Angela feels up Lester in the kitchen is repeated twice.kitchen.
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