Movie Review: American Beauty

Okay, so this is going to be less of a review than a plea for someone to explain to me what the hell is with this movie. 

Seriously. What the hell? 

What am I supposed to feel at the end? What am I supposed to take away from this movie? Am I supposed to feel happy that he finally reached a state where he felt great, just to have his life taken away from him by a homophobic man who kissed him after finding out (and this part I'm inferring since I changed the channel to watch My Guys on TBS which, if you haven't seen this show, you SO NEED TO! It's so funny! I think if you go to the website, they have all the episodes available for viewing… and, long aside. Sorry). Anyway, so, he gets shot by the homophobic neighbour who kissed him after a confrontation with his peeping tom son who (I believe) tells him that he earned money by pimping himself out to Kevin Spacey's character.

Is that right? Did Ricky (I think his name is) tell his dad that he pimped himself to the next door neighbour? And why did that drive his dad to go over to KS's house to kiss him? Latent homosexuality? Self-hating closeted homosexuality? 

What the hell is going on?!

I'd probably be less confused if I actually sat and watched the whole freaking movie.

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1 Response to Movie Review: American Beauty

  1. sylph says:

    You kind of have to see the whole thing, sweetie. And, while I know that many younger people loved it, maybe you have to have had some of their life experiences to truly relate to it. Maybe not. But yeah, latent, buried; rather than closeted, taught to be deeply upset at the very idea, you know? It's a plot catalyst more than a plot of its own, though.

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