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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.

Cast: Kevin Spacey , Annette Bening , Thora Birch , Wes Bentley , Mena Suvari , Peter Gallagher , Allison Janney , Scott Bakula

Director: Sam Mendes

Genres: Comedy drama

Distributor: DreamWorks SKG

American Beauty (1999)

Release Date: September 15th, 1999|2 hr. 2 min.

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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 100
    Edward Guthmann San Francisco Chronicle

    A wonder of a film -- a luminous, beautifully executed drama that gathers the best cast of the year -- the best American film of the year. show more

  • 100
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A singular accomplishment so specifically keyed to Spacey's talents that it mandates going out on a limb to say it contains the performance that will ultimately be regarded as "the one." show more

  • November 03, 2013 toportyu
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    Watched it for the third time yesterday. Was still completely mesmerized by the story, acting, dream-like presentation of this tense family drama of mid-life crises in the suburbs.

  • March 20, 2012 qj00000000118028
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    I hated this movie! I walked out at least three times. It was too real for me, it reminded me too much of growing up. ;(

  • March 17, 2011 Frediedaytonia69
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    It really made me think about life ! When your dreams come true, The next step might be diffrent than what you think !!!

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