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5.0 out of 5 stars
Cinematic Perfection, 3 Feb. 2000
American Beauty sets a new high water mark for cinema. The film is such a perfect blend of comedy, metaphysics, morality and metaphor that, on first viewing, literally blows you away with it's sophistication.
Alan Ball appears to have had a touch of divine inspiration for the scripting. The dialogue in this film is without doubt some of the most powerful you will come across, it's also some of the downright funniest too.
Truthfulness seems to be in short supply these days but this screen play has it spades.The fact that it's Ball's first screenplay (and Mendes' first movie) is staggering.
Buy this screenplay and treat it as the best "Self Help" book you can buy.