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American Beauty

Synopsis Look closer at this satire of the average suburban family unit. Lester Burnham is sedated by his job and his increasingly materialistic wife. Angela, the cheerleader friend of his daughter Janey, could wake him up. Meanwhile, the new neighbors' son Ricky uses his camcorder to videotape Janey, his crush. If explained more, it could end up sounding like "a sitcom on speed".
Why Top 10?The miracle of this movie is that it defines beauty - you feel like you can almost hold it in your hand. The acting is top-notch, comical and realistic; I felt like I was watching my own family at times.
PeopleActors: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper
Crew: Sam Mendes ( directorial debut ), Alan Ball ( screenwriter )
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