About American Beauty
American Beauty is a biting, penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America. Starring Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner, Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, an office worker who has a midlife crisis who becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Golden Globe and BAFTA winner Annette Bening co-stars as Lester's materialistic wife, Carolyn, and Thora Birch plays their insecure daughter, Jane. When Lester loses his job his response is a return to an adolescent hedonism that throws his family and the all-American suburb into chaos!
British director Sam Mendes made an astonishing film debut with this sublime black comedy about midlife crises. This truly outstanding film (on which Steven Spielberg acted as an uncredited producer) deservedly picked up a clutch of Oscars, including best picture, best director and best actor for Spacey.