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Subject:  Re: American Beauty - ideal MOOTFL film? Date:  12/21/2012  1:23 PM
Author:  GMickeyB3 Number:  5773 of 5822

Not sure if you'll get this, it has been over a decade since your post. I just had an indepth conversation about "Your Money or Your Life" and Dave Ramsey's "Total Money Makeover" with a friend who is struggling financially. That conversation re-energized an effort to finally search for an official connection between the book and the movie. That's why I came across your post. I was excited to see something pop up on my Google search and even more excited seeing it was on!

The very first time I saw the movie, I pointed the book out to all that were with me in the theatre and every viewing since. The book is on the passanger seat, half buried under stuff including the gun. It's during the "I am not a victim" self help tapes scene in her (Annette Benning) car.

Immediately I drew the conclusion that the movie is partly based on the book. I too have read it several times. I subscribe to the idea that there is a comfortable level of "enough" in terms of career, family, finances, health, etc. That is the realization the main character (Kevin Spacey) makes when he says "I'm good. I'm good" at the end of the film. His expression of total contentedness and peace is absolutely priceless. It's the reason for the film.

I feel badly for people who don't "get" the movie and especially don't "get" the book. I'm glad I do. And, I am super glad that someone else saw the book!
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