by Gary Johnson
Recently, American suburbia has been placed under the microscope by American filmmakers. Movies such as The Ice Storm, Happiness, and Election have suggested that a certain hollowness has taken root and spread like cancer throughout suburbia. The American Dream has turned rotten. People are unsatisfied with their lives but they have trouble articulating that dissatisfaction. Families can't communicate (The Ice Storm), a high school teacher has sex with a student (Election), and a father develops sexual urges for children (Happiness).
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