A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter’s best friend.
“American Beauty” is a critically acclaimed and award-winning drama film directed by Sam Mendes, released in 1999. The film follows the story of Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who becomes disillusioned with his life and decides to make radical changes.
The film also features Annette Bening as Lester’s wife, Carolyn, and Thora Birch as their daughter, Jane. Wes Bentley plays Ricky Fitts, a troubled teenage boy who becomes a catalyst for change in Lester’s life.
“American Beauty” explores themes such as the pursuit of happiness, the facade of the American Dream, and the emptiness of suburban life. The film won numerous awards, including five Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Kevin Spacey), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.