American Beauty

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Powerful acting, great story, but far too mature for kids.

R 1999 122 minutes

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age 16+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 30 reviews

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