American Beauty (1999)

American Beauty Quote: “I don’t think that there’s anything worse than being ordinary.” – Angela Hayes

Sam Mendes earned an Oscar for his debut film, “American Beauty.” But more importantly, he gave the Shat Crew fuel for discussing couch sex, Chekov’s dick, the ignorance of youth and world peace through blowjobs.

Longtime Shat listener Lucas passed on a chance to commission “Beastmaster,” and instead requested a true masterpiece that explores how parents mess up their kids, what can happen when you fall in love young and grow old, and how flexible Annette Bening is.

In this episode, the Shat Crew discusses The Plastic Bag Scene, Ash’s attraction to creepy-ass Ricky, Gene’s try-hard tendencies and unexpected parallels to “Uncle Buck.”

Plot Summary: “Movie” A telesales operative becomes disillusioned with his existence and begins to hunger for fresh excitement in his life. As he experiences a new awakening of the senses, his wife and daughter also undergo changes that seriously affect their family. Critically acclaimed, this film won Oscars for Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Film.

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