Movie Review: American Beauty

Movie Review
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In his work, How Movies Helped Save My Soul, Higgins challenged us to examine a movie or film for underlying issues that are eating at our subconscious, and sometimes even conscious, psyche.


This rose-colored view of the world keeps us from engaging the real issues in our lives. Higgins asks us to move out of our comfort zone and into reality, knowing that when we begin to approach reality versus the fantasy of wishful thinking, that is when we do the true work of theology and draw closer to God. Each of Higgins chapters addresses the overarching themes of humanity, and in turn, allow us to engage in critical thinking and evaluation of our response to pain and suffering in the world. Darkness and trauma and pain are the story of so much of our world, states Higgins (38). As Christians, we sometimes have to embrace the pain to examine the learning that is necessary for our breakthrough to understanding. Higgins posits that, “there are times when the only thing we should do is swallow our sense of self-protection and allow ourselves to be upset (38). Empathy with our subject (in this case, American Beauty character Lester) opens our minds and hearts to suffering, death, and discomfort. By being uncomfortable, we are sometimes moved to do something about the issue that has shaken our complacency. ...
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