Released in 1999, American Beauty is widely considered one of the best films ever made, receiving overwhelming praise for its excellent story, picture and direction. Coincidentally, 1999 was also the year that The Matrix and Fight Club — two other iconic movies — were released.
In American Beauty, unhappy suburban husband and father Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) becomes fed up with his boring, stagnant existence and quits his job after deciding to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager.
As good of a movie as it is, it seems most critics missed the whole point of what it’s about, concluding that Lester was having the classic mid-life crisis and sought to save himself by perving out on a blond teenage hottie. It’s not that simple, however.
You probably missed the point as well, but fortunately, Paul Elam didn’t. The leading men’s rights activist and author has delved deep in a three-part review of the movie, sharing his masterful take drudgery and misery afflicts the lives of most men the world over, as well as the potential hope for a resurgence.
For those that haven’t seen American Beauty, watch it before going over Paul’s review, which we’ve provided below. You won’t be disappointed.