R | | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening were both the first choices of Sam Mendes for the roles of Lester and Carolyn, although the role of Lester Burnham was originally offered to Chevy Chase and Tom Hanks (who later starred in Mendes's follow-up project, Road to Perdition (2002)).
I need a father who's a role model, not some horny geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school. What a lame-o. Someone really should just put him out of his misery.
Ricky Fitts: Want me to kill him for you?
Jane Burnham: Yeah. Would ...
In early scenes Lester rides to work in a carpool arrangement with his wife and his daughter. Reinforcing the sense he is a loser Carolyn drives (apparently her Mercedes SUV) and Jane rides in the front passenger seat relegating him to the lowest position of power in the back seat where he slouches. When he loses his job at the ad agency he drives himself home in a hitherto unseen Toyota Camry which is subsequently revealed to be his when he trades it in for a Pontiac Firebird.
thanks to all at the Donmar Warehouse in London and Dr. Bill and Alice
$861,531 (USA) (19 September 1999)
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