• American Beauty (1999)

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Release Date: October 1st, 1999

DVD Release Date: October 24th, 2000

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

Production Co: Dreamworks Pictures, Jinks/Cohen Company

Distributors: DreamWorks SKG

Ratings & Reviews

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

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

  • 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.

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