Everyone loves them. Everyone knows they're outstanding films. Everyone but you. 1) American Beauty --- Written at the depth of a reasonably smart, completely smart-ass teenager. Not so much middlebrow as middle school.Yes, Kevin Spacey is fed up with his life, but you would be too if you were married to the screenwriter's walking dartboard. Adulthood is completely about sex. Teenagers are always right. Drugs are a completely positive liberating force without any downside. This film is completely lacking in honesty, generosity or humanity. 2) Good WIll Hunting --- When I tell people that I hate this film, they look at me like I just shot a puppy. Of course the film makes me want to shoot a puppy. Apparently the cure for a serious personality disorder isn't so much thorazine as the love of a half-pretty English girl and a little rub of Robin Williams' sweater. The beginning of the end for Gus Van Sant. 3) L.A. Confidential --- It's reasonably entertaining. It ends. You don't think about it afterwards. I've never seen an allegedly great film with a shorter shelf life in my mind. Are we supposed to be happy that the girl chooses the violent one? Anyways, have at it.