Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Sam Mendes Stars: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Chris Cooper, Mena Suvari, Wes Bentley, Allison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Scott Bakula,Sam Robards. Yet another biting satire that savagely deconstructs the notion of wholesome family values in the heartland of American suburbia. As an exploration of dysfunctional families, the erosion of family values and the souring of the American dream, American Beauty is a fascinating and insightful character driven piece that explores similar territory to films like The Ice Storm and Continue reading