American Beauty

I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * * * )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * * )

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For a comparison of American Beauty to the noir piece, Fight Club read Mike's Comparison of Fight Club to American Beauty.

While many days I wake up and wonder if this is the day the soldiers in jack-boots will come in to take away my copy of Clockwork Orange and replace it with a copy of Stewart Little, others I wake up and am happy to know that as long as movies like American Beauty are still getting made, our society might just survive after all. I can almost understand why the feminazis and the right wing Christian fundamentalists managed to keep Fight Club from going mainstream, but American Beauty, a movie about adultery with 16 year olds, gets Mina Suvari, a girl I know only one person removed ) is probably uncomfortable to watch, but his initial fantasies are wonderfully put together. The DVD is truly a collectors edition, with both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS soundtrack, as well as a 16x9 enhanced 2.35 to 1 transfer. As long as movies such as this still continue to come out, I cannot truly chastise our society for taking artwork and doing everything but burning them in a big pile in the middle of the street. On the other hand, I weep for the movies that never see the light of day because Disney thinks that a six-year-old will shoot his teacher for seeing a breast or hearing the word fuck.