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American Animal (2011)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  14 March 2011 (USA)
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A terminally-ill man descends into madness when he learns his best friend and roommate is leaving for a new job in the morning.



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Jimmy is a terminally ill young man. But from today on, he has decided that he is 'happy', and that he is no longer sick. Jimmy's roommate James is a healthy, dreamy young man. They're best friends. They live together. They don't do much of anything, and seem very happy that way. But trouble arises when James announces that he will be leaving for his new job in the morning. Jimmy sees this as the destruction of the perfect little world that they've set up, and what ensues is a humorous battle of wills as James heads towards the real world and Jimmy falls deeper and deeper into his isolated world of illness and make-believe. Written by Anonymous

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Some of us evolve slower than others.


Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, graphic nudity, pervasive language and some drug use


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The Netflix and iTunes versions of the film have been censored to obtain an 'R' rating from the MPAA. The original cut (which is director Matt D'Elia's original and only cut of the film) was rated 'NC-17'. D'Elia's original version is the cut that was released in theaters. As of now, the only way to view D'Elia's original version is to view the DVD, which contains the original, uncensored, NC-17 version. See more »

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Contemplating your purpose in life through American Animal
15 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

American Animal is a very strange and thought provoking film that portrays the life of two best friends, Jimmy and James, who live in a bubble. They both have all the money they will ever need from their parents, and thus they have nothing to do but eat, sleep, have sex, and squalor. The juxtaposition between their life outlooks however keeps you sucked into the movie and wondering where each of these characters will end up. Jimmy, the drugged, animalistic, jobless, and idealistic friend, who has a severely skewed perception of reality, lives in a world with no rules. James however, is the character that represents someone who wants to have a job, give back, and make something out of his life by being an active participant in society. James's discontent with Jimmy's brain-dead outlook and stagnant life creates an immense amount of friction between the two, causing the viewer to stop and think, what is life all about? If you had all the money in the world would you remove yourself from reality and selfishly enjoy false physical pleasures, or would you give back to the world that gave you so much and keep trying to become a better person? As twisted as American Animal is, these valuable questions are necessary for you to contemplate in your evolution as a human being.

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