Setting Exploration

American Beauty is set in 1990’s America in a very generic and typical neighborhood. Although it was filmed in California, the physical setting is never revealed during the film. The neighborhood is so ordinary that it could perhaps be a representation of many suburban neighborhoods and lifestyles across America.

Adjectives that describe the setting and mood of the film:

  • Ordinary (Referring to the neighborhood)
  • Sad American Beauty
  • Tragic
  • Perfect (On the surface) 
  • Troubled
  • Strange

 

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