Readers' Picks: Breakouts that Broke Down
American Beauty (1999)
Watching Kevin Spacey obsess over his daughter's precocious cheerleading friend (Mena Suvari) could lead to some nice male bonding between fathers and sons reminiscing about hotties from their respective high school days. For daughters, it might just be awkward.
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2. AMADEUS (1984) SUBJECT: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Amadeus, adapted by Milos Forman with a hippie-ish flair from Peter Shaffer's original play, succeeds because it's not merely a linear biography celebrating Mozart's brilliance. It's about the timeless jealousy of Antonio Salieri, the court composer for Austrian Emperor Joseph II, who both hated his rival from Salzburg?and profoundly loved his music. Salieri can appreciate Mozart's achievements like no one else, because he knows that he'll never share Mozart's talent. —Christian Blauvelt