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  American dream -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The American dream was a driving factor not only in the (A large migration of people to a newly discovered gold field) Gold Rush of the mid to late 1800s, but also in the waves of immigration throughout that century and the following.
The concept of the American dream also ignores other factors of success such as the family and wealth one is born into and inheritable traits such as intelligence.
In particular, in the US it is difficult for children of poor families to afford college; not attending college sets upper limits on their career success, and it is essentially impossible to earn a bachelors' degree — necessary for many fields — in one's free time once one begins working full-time.
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 American Beauty (1999 movie) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
American Beauty is a 1999 drama film that explores themes of love, freedom, family, and the American Dream.
Little do they know that their eighteen-year-old son, Ricky (Bentley), a boy so obsessed with life and beauty that they once institutionalized him for two years, is actually a successful drug dealer with a penchant for videotaping everything, including Jane next door.
Furthermore, early in the movie, Carolyn mentions that the Lomans have recently moved from the house next door.
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 SingaporeMoms - Parenting Encyclopedia - American dream
The American dream is the idea (often associated with the Protestant work ethic) held by many in the United States of America that through hard work, courage and determination one can achieve prosperity.
The origin of the American dream stems from the departure in government and economics from the models of the Old World.
The American dream was a driving factor not only in the Gold Rush of the mid to late 1800s, but also in the waves of immigration throughout that century and the following.
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 American Beauty (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Recording subjective beauty is a means by which one can attempt to salvage beauty from the past into the present because time eventually destroys all beauty.
In American Beauty, Angela acts like a total slut, as many girls seem to be nowadays.
Civilization is but one giant movie, and members of society must start acting their parts if they want to belong to this civilization.
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 American dream
America was founded with the values of independence, individuality and innovation; these were qualities needed by the pioneers who crossed the North American continent to found the nation that the world knows today as the United States of America.
The American dream was the faith held by these new Americans that a time of prosperity and peace lay ahead, and that a good life and a successful society could be founded on strength of will, courage, and hard work alone.
Some would link these alleged shortcomings to original problematic features of the expansion that produced and formed the country in the first place: possibly this could be extended to the problematic situations which the original pioneers were escaping in their home countries.
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 American Beauty: Cinephiles Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
American Beauty, directed by British theater director Sam Mendes (Cabaret, The Blue Room) and written by Alan Ball, is a film which focuses on a suburban-American family, portraying its characters' dysfunctional relationships as a direct symptom of their dissenting conceptions of beauty.
As its title implies, the film begs the question "What is American beauty?" and without providing a concrete answer, it explores the endemic problems haunting many contemporary families: consumerism, unemployment, drugs, peer pressure, loneliness, discrimination and violence.
Having revealed the fatal outcome, what follows is a brief view of the final days of Lester's frustrated life; of his wife Carolyn's (Annette Bening) systematic belittling of him and all things associated with him; and of their daughter's (Thora Birch) overpowering contempt towards both of them.
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 Radio Free Movie Review: American Beauty (1999)
It's that subservience that forms the core misery in American Beauty and is evident throughout.
American Beauty is a dark commentary on the drudgery of everyday existence, but it's not a complete downer.
Its message is ultimately upbeat, if not the most feel-good movie of the year, and it gives you a little something to contemplate when the story's over.
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 American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
Print flaws were minor but surprisingly heavy for a major studio movie from 1999; at times I witnessed light grain and some fl grit, and while these were never more than small nuisances, they seemed excessive for this recent a film.
Oddly, on two different machines that I used, the movie itself appeared in the upper left corner and the box in which it should have been seen was blank.
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 Review: American Beauty (1999)
Ironically, this is a film that encompasses more than just one man. The 'American Beauty' itself is an inexplicable phenomenon probing at the heart of alienation.
The funny thing about 'American Beauty' is that it doesn't leave much for the viewer to pick away at in terms of criticism.
'American Beauty' is not a movie to drag the kids to, as I believe it requires one to relate well with the inner-turmoil that engulfs Lesters life.
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 Review: American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
American Beauty is not as dark as a Lynch project, since it allows for small moments of redemption, but it mines the same general territory.
American Beauty is about the ways in which these characters grow, and the catalysts that break them out of their near-catatonic existences.
American Beauty is the first feature film directed by Sam Mendes, who has an extensive background in theater, but displays a sureness that many veteran filmmakers are unable to match.
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 American Beauty, 1999
American Beauty was a huge hit with both critics and audiences, and it deserved the recognition that it received.
American Beauty was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won five of them.
She was nominated for Music of the Heart, a sappy 'movie of the week' film about a music teacher who inspires kids in the inner city.
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 American Beauty (1999)
American Beauty wants to tell us how Lester lived before he died: how this unhappy man was suddenly one day awakened from the paralysis of loneliness, ennui, and despair and galvanized into unexpected action by a sudden, powerful erotic passion for a teenaged cheerleader.
American Beauty doesn’t really mean to endorse any of Lester’s impetuous gestures as a viable course of action for a middle-aged suburban husband and father.
If Lester is American Beauty’s flawed hero, Ricky is perhaps the embodiment of the film’s values — almost, with his video equipment and gospel of beauty, the onscreen representative of the filmmakers themselves.
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 American Beauty (1999) *** . Movie reviews by Dr. Edwin Jahiel.
American films like the wrenching Holocaust film The Last Days; small, good movies which deal with minorities and had no publicity, such as Trick, or the Canadian Better Than Chocolate.
The who, what, where, how of the movie could as easily be in a megalopolis, in non-suburbia or non-exurbia.
Summarized in High Concept fashion American Beauty is primarily about Lester who takes stock of his life and comes up with a negative balance.
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 Movie Review -- American Beauty   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
In American Beauty, however, he plays just an average, boring, half-dead man with a family and a house in the suburbs.
Sure, by the end of the movie he rebels, does a few things that lead others to question his sanity, but not a single mass murder.
It's hard to put it in one sentence (it took Mendes and Ball and entire movie to have their say), but it has a lot to do with the sheer joy of being alive.
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 American Movie (1999)
Though it was thoroughly overlooked at the Academy Awards, American Movie shares a distinct similarity to 1999's Oscar breadwinner, American Beauty.
Both films depict characters seeking to fashion their own realities out of drab suburban existence, but it was American Movie that did so with more charm and pathos than its thematic counterpart.
American Movie studies Mark Borchardt, an irrepressible filmmaker bent on producing his low-budget horror short, Coven.
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 Review: American Beauty (1999)
It's part of the approach that lifts "American Beauty" beyond mediocrity and places it on the level of classic.
Angela Hayes is as beautiful as the red rose of the film's name, but beauty is in fact skin deep.
The beauty these characters experience or miss is again typically American, and the result is a tale of immorality and wonder that causes mixed feelings toward the characters and their actions.
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 AboutFilm.Com - American Beauty (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lester is transfixed by her physical beauty, and makes an ass of himself showing it.
There is physical beauty, the beauty of self-conviction, the beauty of non-inhibition, the beauty of the pregnant moment before a poweful occurance, and the beauty of the minutae of experiences that comprise life.
American Beauty is one of the best films I have seen so far this year.
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 Amazon.co.uk: Video: American Beauty [1999]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Burnham family joins the cinematic short-list of great dysfunctional American families, as Lester is pitted against his manic, materialistic realtor wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening, making the most of a mostly unsympathetic role) and his sullen, contemptuous teenaged daughter, Jane (Thora Birch, utterly convincing in her edgy balance of self-absorption and wistful longing).
American Beauty is truly a masterpiece - a film that not only warrants repeated viewings (a quality sadly lacking from many films these days), but which brings new emotions each time.
American Beauty tackles the concept that not to many films have : alot of people are phoneys.
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 American Beauty
For if American Beauty is partly about the crushing effect that adulthood and a smiley-face culture can have on our spirits, it’s also about how sparingly we dole out freedom to our loved ones, and how threatening it is when they begin changing the rules.
American Beauty’s material would crumble if it were pushed too hard, so Mendes uses a sly, off-centered way to make us register critical details, such as the wall full of videotapes in Ricky’s bedroom, or the white picket fence that seems to crosshatch the Burnhams’ front lawn.
The movie’s one truly regrettable lapse is the character of Ricky’s father, a retired Marine colonel whose moral rigidity has turned him into a closet psycho.
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 GreenCine | product main - American Beauty (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Noted theater director Sam Mendes, who was responsible for the acclaimed 1998 revival of Cabaret and Nicole Kidman's turn in The Blue Room, made his motion picture debut with this film about the dark side of an American family, and about the nature and price of beauty in a culture obsessed with outward appearances.
Jane isn't the only one who has noticed that Angela is attractive: Lester has fallen into uncontrollable lust for her, and she becomes part of his drastic plan to change his body and change his life.
American Beauty was also the screen debut for screenwriter Alan Ball.
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 Salon Arts & Entertainment | "American Beauty"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Lester flmails his boss out of $60,000 and drives home singing along with "American Woman." He lifts weights in the nude after hearing Angela teasingly tell Jane she thinks her dad is hot.
But both parties in a dreadful marriage are always simultaneously the authors and victims of their situation, and absent some understanding of that, "American Beauty" turns Carolyn into a misogynist caricature for no good purpose.
Amid the emphatic and often original stew of vitriol and humor in "American Beauty," it gets pretty hard to tell whether Mendes and Ball are actually trying to say something, and if so, what that might be.
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 American Beauty (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hollywood elitists have always held a movie that denigrates or degrades the family model as much as this does in high regard.
And when a movie like this is so utterly deplorable and without redeeming value, we’re expected to just embrace it, as many have already.
So Spacey’s summation monologue about “beauty” that follows is all well and good, but doesn’t really mean or matter a whole lot in the grand scheme.
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 Filmtracks: American Beauty (Thomas Newman)
American Beauty: (Thomas Newman) Hot off the film's remarkable success, Thomas Newman's arthouse score was not only nominated for a Golden Globe, but has been elevated by many to critics to award-winning status.
Newman's score to American Beauty is practically interchangeable with this year's The Green Mile, seeing as how he employs just as many funky instruments as he did in the score for the Darabont film.
American Beauty is quite functional as a score during the film, but as was the case with The Green Mile, this score isn't one which can be listened to over and over aside from the film.
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 American Beauty Movie Review by Anthony Leong
After winning the People's Choice Award at the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival, director Sam Mendes' debut feature "American Beauty" is expected to be a strong contender for an Academy Award nomination.
This often cynical, fl-humored, and acerbic film is the latest film delving into the morass of suburban decay, revealing the dark underside to the American ideal of a white picket fence, a well-trimmed lawn, two cars, and a house in the suburbs.
"American Beauty" covers much of the same territory seen in films such as "Happiness", "The Ice Storm", "The House of Yes", and "Blue Velvet", in which the façade of a peaceful and prosperous home is peeled away to reveal the damaged lives existing within its walls.
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 Amazon.com: Video: American Beauty (1999)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
"American Beauty" is a pure cinematic triumph that is both funny and sad.
The title of American Beauty does not refer to the pretty surfaces that hide the anguish of these people, but the beauty of their souls when dealing with that anguish.
What makes 'American Beauty' so encapsulating is the anger that is always on the verge of bursting out of the characters.
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 Qwipster's Movie Reviews - American Beauty review (1999)
Lester makes an attempt to take a fatherly interest in his daughter, attending a home game where she is cheerleader, and discovers he has the hots for his daughter's best friend, opening the floodgates to what he has been missing.
Spacey and Bening are phenomenal in their roles, with a great supporting cast, including Birch and Bentley as the daughter of parents that don't care and the son of a father that cares too much.
AMERICAN BEAUTY is extremely well-crafted across the board, with numerous moments of greatness.
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 American Beauty (1999) - Reviews - Moovees.com
American Beauty isn't a big movie with fast car chases and gigantic explosions -- it's a small movie about a suburbanized man named Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) and his boring little life.
What's so clever about American Beauty is how American it really is. I've never seen a film that so accurately portrayed the people and values of today's society without sounding like some lame after school special.
American Beauty is about how precious our insignificant lives really are and that we shouldn't take for granted the beauty of it all.
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 EI > Reviews > American Beauty (1999)
In some ways, it's Ricky's straightforwardness that begins the ordeal that is American Beauty, implicitly convincing Lester through idle conversation to free himself from his depressingly sober ways and live the life he wants to.
There are times when American Beauty is Jerry Maguire ten or fifteen years later, out of the yuppie's world and into the sphere of the baby boomer.
When all of the subplots and characters come together in the movie's final takes, he's done far more than was asked by providing a very profound sense of closure to the issue.
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The crimson petals of the American Beauty rose form a fitting symbol of the primordial power of the tempestuous goddess of love.
The characters of American Beauty air their white, middle class stereotypical foibles so charmingly that even the most bitter and angry, or even criminal drug dealers win our empathy.
We laugh, judge, even rage against the characters, yet if we are open and allow this movie to work its magic, it leaps to a profound level where we see the characters as whole, human, fragile, broken, but each in their own way beautiful.
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