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Old 04-21-2017, 10:27 AM   #1
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American Beauty really is a masterpiece...and that was a great break down.

It's a hard balance in life...if you have no identity at all that's a crisis, if you're too wrapped up in your identity then you're a prisoner to it. Gotta enjoy the little things...for me that's doing stuff with my kids.

I think if that movie were made today one of the characters would an Internet addict who is complacent not having an identity at all. That wasn't really a thing when AB was made. The internet was around but not on phones, it hadn't completely taken over lives in the 90s.
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American Beauty really is a masterpiece...and that was a great break down.

It's a hard balance in life...if you have no identity at all that's a crisis, if you're too wrapped up in your identity then you're a prisoner to it. Gotta enjoy the little things...for me that's doing stuff with my kids.

I think if that movie were made today one of the characters would an Internet addict who is complacent not having an identity at all. That wasn't really a thing when AB was made. The internet was around but not on phones, it hadn't completely taken over lives in the 90s.

It's fascinating how the landscape of society has changed. I get your point about the internet addict. Also the gay couple moving next door would not have the same shock value. The emo would be seen as the cool girl and the ho would be the outcast.

I think the movie suited it's time and the characters played out well. Kind of like how the Beakfast Club suited the personalities of its time.
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American Beauty really is a masterpiece...and that was a great break down.

It's a hard balance in life...if you have no identity at all that's a crisis, if you're too wrapped up in your identity then you're a prisoner to it. Gotta enjoy the little things...for me that's doing stuff with my kids.

I think if that movie were made today one of the characters would an Internet addict who is complacent not having an identity at all. That wasn't really a thing when AB was made. The internet was around but not on phones, it hadn't completely taken over lives in the 90s.

The Internet had taken over my life in the 90s... hahah :~*(

I've been what you could consider to be an Internet addict since roughly... 95ish. The really crazy thing about Internet addiction is how absolutely, utterly and completely unaware people are of the fact that they are addicted and flooding their brains with dopamine on the daily...

American Beauty is an incredible movie. Aside from the core theme of identity, it also just flat out really hammers home how short life really is and how much we undervalue each other and overvalue things... identity being one of them.
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Nightcrawler was pretty fantastic as well but not on the level of American Beauty... no where close.

It's a pretty interesting commentary on sensationalism in media and the darkness within each of us but that's about it... I mean... it's just another movie that somewhat drums up support for an antihero...
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Thomas Newman, genius.
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That movie was epic
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American Beauty is probably my favorite movie ever. I showed my friend the movie a few years back and he was blown away by it too.
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Good movie but overrated

Kevin Spacey is great as usual but Usual Suspects >>
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Good movie but overrated

Kevin Spacey is great as usual but Usual Suspects >>

No. American Beauty has very strong messages behind it while being entertainment... Usual Suspects is just entertainment and nothing more.
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Good movie but overrated


Tend to agree. I don't like how people seem to use art to prove how deep they are. haha.

I'd say 'great movie' but overrated.

Edit: you know what was a crazy (but bad) movie... that ****in movie w/ Tom Cruise going to the mask parties. Was that Eyes Wide Shut? There were a lot of mind**** movies at that time.

Edit2: Fight Club, Memento, Requiem... wow.

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Good movie but overrated

Kevin Spacey is great as usual but Usual Suspects >>

Usual Suspects has nothing on American Beauty, it is actually a pretty average movie that became popular for the kick ass unexpected ending, but since you live in the Bay I'll give you a pass.
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Kevin Spacey is great as usual but Usual Suspects >>


Swimming with the Sharks >>>>
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Swimming with the Sharks >>>>

Love that movie.
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