1999 – American Beauty

Directed by: Sam Mendes
Written by: Alan Ball
Produced by: Bruce Cohen, Dan Jinks
Production year: 1998
Original release: September 17, 1999 (USA)
Running time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Other cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
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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.