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20 Classic Movies That Haven’t Aged Well

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American Beauty

kevin spacey

DreamWorks Pictures

Can we still watch American Beauty in the 2020s? This 1999 film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor against stiff competition like The Matrix and Girl, Interrupted (neither of which ended up on this list, FYI) despite its Lolita-adjacent subject matter, because Lester Burnham’s inappropriate obsession with a teen was rightfully depicted as icky. Unfortunately, we learned in 2017 that actor Kevin Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct. Watching his character flirt with a 16-year-old hits a little differently once you know that art was potentially imitating life.

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