MOVIE REVIEW: AMERICAN BEAUTY (Sam Mendes, 1999)

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“It’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world.”

Annette Bening was phenomenal here, especially in that “Shut up!” breakdown scene. Such a shame that she had to go head-to-head with a brilliant Hilary Swank in Boys Don’t Cry for that coveted Oscar.

Kevin Spacey’s real-life scandal further amped the creepiness factor that weirdly made the film even better. See you in hell, Lester Burnham.

Rating: ★★★★★