American Beauty is a tragic, absurdist, satirical and dark domestic tale - and the debut feature film of British-London theatrical-stage director Sam Mendes. With an ensemble cast, the low-budget R-rated, Best Picture-winning hybrid film viewed a dysfunctional family's angst and crisis in suburbia. The story was told through the eyes of the main protagonist - a "chronic loser" named Lester Burnham Kevin Spacey , a casualty of suburban family life. He was living the materialistic, suburban "American dream," although his life was quietly-desperate and miserable.
American Beauty is a American drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes in his directorial debut. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari. Academics have described the film as a satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction; further analysis has focused on the film's explorations of romantic and paternal love, sexuality, materialism, self-liberation, and redemption. Ball began writing American Beauty as a play in the early s, partly inspired by the media circus that accompanied the Amy Fisher trial in
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