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American Beauty

Release Date: October 1st, 1999

R|2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting.

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Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: DreamWorks SKG

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  • A triumph of acting, writing and directing that defies glib description...the kind of artful defiance that Hollywood is usually too timid to deliver: a jolting comedy that makes you laugh till it hurts.

  • Mendes nonetheless works this screenplay like a jazz virtuoso plays with a familiar theme such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

  • A tart, funny and tremendously sobering movie about the deepest recesses of personal unhappiness. show more

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