Essay on Analysis Of The Movie ' American Beauty '

798 Words Jul 13th, 2016 4 Pages
American Beauty (1999) is a film depicting the dark side of the typical suburban american family. As well as the price and nature of beauty in a society obsessed with appearances. Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey, is a man in his mid-40s going through an extreme midlife crisis; he has grown cynical and is certain that he has no reason to continue this life that he has regretfully been apart of. Lester 's relationship with his wife Carolyn, played by Annette Bening, is cold and devoid of most emotions. On the surface Carolyn attempts to display the image that she 's in full control of her life, however inside she feels empty and desperate for something more. Their teenage daughter Jane, played by Thora Birch, is persistently depressed, lacks overall self-esteem, and certain that she is unattractive. Jane’s problems aren 't helped by her best friend Angela, played by Mena Suvari, who is an aspiring model. Angela is quite attractive and believes that her beauty alone makes her a valuable person. Jane is not the only person who is aware of Angela’s beauty; Lester has gained an uncontrollable lust for her, and becomes part of his dramatic plan to change his body, as well as his life. “The whole message of the film is in the title, American Beauty. One way to take it is that things that appear to be beauty in America, often are not. Angela, the perfect American girl-a blonde, young, cute, thin, cheerleader, is actually cold and cruel, while Jane, the not so thin, not so…

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