Lester Burnham (Spacey) is dead. This isn't any shock--Lester tells you this himself in his opening narration. It's the time leading up to his death Lester wants to remember. Lester is a middle-aged drone with a brittle, status-conscious wife, Carolyn (Bening), and a sullen teenaged daughter, Jane (Birch). Lester's world is rocked when he meets Jane's Lolita-like friend, Angela (Suvari), and his fantasies find him quitting his job, pumping iron, and smoking dope with Ricky (Bentley), the voyeuristic kid next door who has a thing for videotaping Jane. It's a suburban nightmare writ large with an excellent cast and some unexpected twists.
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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.
Oscars 1999: Actor (Spacey), Cinematog., Director (Mendes), Film, Orig. Screenplay; British Acad. 1999: Actor (Spacey), Actress (Bening), Cinematog., Film, Film Editing, Score; Directors Guild 1999: Director (Mendes); Golden Globes 2000: Director (Mendes), Film--Drama, Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics 1999: Director (Mendes); Natl. Bd. of Review 1999: Film; Screen Actors Guild 1999: Actor (Spacey), Actress (Bening), Cast; Writers Guild 1999: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1999: Director (Mendes), Film, Orig. Screenplay.
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