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  1. Subscriber FMF
    a.k.a. John W Booth
    19 Apr '08 04:25 / 1 edit
    Here are a few films that deal with the American Dream to varying degrees of grittiness that come to mind:

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Midnight Cowboy

    Big Night

    Born On The 4th of July

    Scarface

    Any more suggestions?
  2. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    19 Apr '08 05:01
    Originally posted by FMF
    Here are a few films that deal with the American Dream to varying degrees of grittiness that come to mind:

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Midnight Cowboy

    Big Night

    Born On The 4th of July

    Scarface

    Any more suggestions?
    Wall Street?
  3. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    19 Apr '08 06:21
    Adam Sandler's The Waterboy

    As good as it gets

    Deep Throat
  4. 19 Apr '08 15:03 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by FMF
    Here are a few films that deal with the American Dream to varying degrees of grittiness that come to mind:

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Midnight Cowboy

    Big Night

    Born On The 4th of July

    Scarface

    Any more suggestions?
    What do you actually mean, "deals with the american dream"? In Midnight Cowboy a naive cowboy goes to the big city dreaming of being a hustler, he meets and hangs out with mangy low-life bum, has his illusions shattered, gets ripped-off, is introduced to drugs and perverts, loses everything and runs away on a greyhound bus on which his friend pisses himself and dies. Its a great movie, it also beats the crap out of the american dream in my opinion.
    How about The Stepford Wives????
  5. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    19 Apr '08 15:05 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by eamon o
    Sorry to dissent already, I disagree totally that Midnight Cowboy celebrates the american dream. The plot: a naive cowboy goes to the big city dreaming of being a hustler, he meets and hangs out with mangy low-life bum, has his illusions shattered, gets ripped-off, is introduced to drugs and perverts, loses everything and runs away on a greyhound bus on whi ...[text shortened]... ies. Its a great movie, but it actually beats the hell out of the american dream in my opinion.
    to be fair, he did say 'deal with', and not 'celebrate' the American dream.

    ha ha got you before you edited
  6. 19 Apr '08 15:11
    Originally posted by Iron Monkey
    to be fair, he did say 'deal with', and not 'celebrate' the American dream.

    ha ha got you before you edited
    you came too soon : ) i was editing while you jumped in. you see
    but i noticed that the title of his thread is "propagating the american dream" whereas he gave it a different spin within the text of his statement, tricky huh ?
  7. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    19 Apr '08 15:17
    Originally posted by eamon o
    you came too soon
    that's what she said.
  8. Standard member Ragnorak
    For RHP addons...
    19 Apr '08 16:02
    Originally posted by eamon o
    What do you actually mean, "deals with the american dream"? In Midnight Cowboy a naive cowboy goes to the big city dreaming of being a hustler, he meets and hangs out with mangy low-life bum, has his illusions shattered, gets ripped-off, is introduced to drugs and perverts, loses everything and runs away on a greyhound bus on which his friend pisses himself ...[text shortened]... also beats the crap out of the american dream in my opinion.
    How about The Stepford Wives????
    Thanks for the spoiler alert.

    D
  9. 19 Apr '08 18:23
    Originally posted by Iron Monkey
    that's what she said.
    you would'nt want to make a habit of it, as the actress said to the monk
  10. 19 Apr '08 18:25
    Originally posted by FMF
    Here are a few films that deal with the American Dream to varying degrees of grittiness that come to mind:

    Glengarry Glen Ross

    Midnight Cowboy

    Big Night

    Born On The 4th of July

    Scarface

    Any more suggestions?
    dr strangelove
  11. 20 Apr '08 06:03
    Boogie Nights

    The Indian Runner
  12. 20 Apr '08 09:13
    Forest Gump
  13. 20 Apr '08 12:35
    Easy Rider
  14. Standard member Iron Monkey
    Primal Primate
    20 Apr '08 13:54
    The Godfather - the classic American immigrant-makes-good story.
  15. 20 Apr '08 16:02
    Originally posted by Iron Monkey
    The Godfather - the classic American immigrant-makes-good story.
    immigrant makes not-so-good me thinks unless you think the mafia is a benevolent institution