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Mark Goes to the Movies: American Beauty

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Mark Goes to the Movies: American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Themes: Family, Relationships, American Culture, Beauty, Death
Awards: 5 Oscars (Incl. Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Screenplay), 3 Golden Globes
Links: IMDb Entry, Rotten Tomatoes

(Please Note: This analysis assumes the reader has already seen the movie and is familiar with the plot. No synopsis is provided. For the best reading experience, it's recommended to have seen the film recently.)
It's a true sign of a film's brilliance when both your interpretation and enjoyment of it grow as the years pass and the more times you've seen it. It's hard enough for a movie to hold our full attention through the first viewing. To continue to mesmerize us and make us think upon the fourth, fifth, or even sixth viewings is both a staggering and rare artistic accomplishment.

Public service announcement: American Beauty is my favorite film of all time, and I just watched it again last night after having not seen it in about four years. It was probably my sixth or seventh time seeing it. And to be honest, I wasn't expecting much. I loved it when I was …

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