Ordinary People:
Director: Robert Redford
Year: March 1981
Plot Outline: The accidental death of the older son of an affluent family deeply strains the relationships among a controlling and distant mother, a good hearted peacekeeping father, and the struggling, guilt-ridden younger son.
Scene: Conrad, the surviving son, has begun to see a therapist. While at a Christmas party, his parents, Beth (Mary Tyler Moore) and (Calvin) ( Donald Sutherland), navigate their lives and the social scene in different ways.

American Beauty
Director: Sam Mendes
Year: Oct. 1999
Plot Outline: In the midst of a father’s midlife crisis, members of a suburban family wrestle with their own failings and frustrations.
Scene: Feeling insecure and out of control in her family life, Carolyn (Annette Benning) desperately wants to prove herself as a realtor and sell a house.

“The Great Pretender”
Artist: Queen
Album: The Great Pretender, 1992
Label: Hollywood Records
Overview: Freddy Mercury, lead vocalist of Queen, sings a cover of the original 1955 Platters hit that ironically does not try and hide how we all try and make-believe.

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