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-1 Rebecca Johnson SOC 101 MW October 11, 2006 American Beauty won five academy awards in 1999 and it is highly acclaimed as an important film that many people should see. However that is not the reason I choose to review this film. This movie touches a person in a way that makes them think about their life and the society that surrounds it. This movie focuses on social interaction between a family that is so distraught by their own personal struggles that they cannot connect. The reality is that the image they try to portray is far from the reality of who they really are as characters. Society is harsh on people who do not fit the mold of how things should be. This movie narrowly focuses on society’s idea of normalized and accepted behavior and how isolated we can feel when everyone is hiding who they truly are from the people that they should love. The movie is set in a suburban town at the time of the Clinton administration. It begins with the ending to the story already being told, but the middle is of course the parts that define it is meaning just as in life. Lester Burnham, the main character and narrator of the story telling the viewers that within a year he will be dead. Than the story truly begins, focusing on a family in turmoil about the reality that life is far from the normal image that society tells them to portray. From the outside the family and the home is perfect, but internally it struggles to maintain any stability. Each character has a diverse amount of flaws that create division amongst each other. The father Lester is in a mid-life crisis and fears that he has become a loser in the eyes of his family. His wife Caroline is a realty agent that fittingly tries to create a model of success and cares so much for the stuff that fills life. Jane is the typical insecure teenage daughter who
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