American Beauty

Starring Annette Bening, Kevin Spacey
Directed by Sam Mendes

Warner Home Video | January 1, 2013 | Blu-Ray

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The tale of Lester Burnham (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 sixteen year old daughter's best friend, Angela (Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Bening), has her own mid-life crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Birch), their daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries around a video camera like it's a prosthetic hand. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (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.

Video Release: January 1, 2013

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 883929305933

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American Beauty

Starring Annette Bening, Kevin Spacey
Directed by Sam Mendes

Video Release: January 1, 2013

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 883929305933


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  • Originally in English

Synopsis

The tale of Lester Burnham (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 sixteen year old daughter's best friend, Angela (Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Bening), has her own mid-life crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Birch), their daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries around a video camera like it's a prosthetic hand. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (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.

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The tale of Lester Burnham (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 sixteen year old daughter's best friend, Angela (Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Bening), has her own mid-life crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Birch), their daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries around a video camera like it's a prosthetic hand. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (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.

Notes

AMERICAN BEAUTY composer Thomas Newman won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.
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