Though bestowed with the coveted Best Picture statuette, Sam Mendes’ 1999 debut is not the withering analysis of curdled society in suburban wasteland that the film was lauded as being. Rather, American Beauty is an insipid spook story about a second adolescence, dressed up with ham-handed, unoriginal critiques: Suburban banality is bad for you? Really? The film is wholly heartless; full of old stereotypes and outrageous misogyny, presented with the puffed up pretensions of an art student.

Mariana McConnell (x)

GIRL YES! I watched this movie stoned out of my fucking skull and I was like wow this is so stupid. Watch for Mena Suvari being a fantastic scared teen and roll your eyes at everything else.