After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change ...
Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Alan Ball
Released: 01 Oct 1999
Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 106 wins & 101 nominations.
Movie Video Clips
First of all
Your father and I were just discussing...
This is my
Remember those posters that said
Whatever it is you're doing out here
Whose car is that out front
What are you doing
Got a minute
Makes you wonder what else you can do...
It's like God's looking right at you
At least I'm not ugly
What do you mean
Are you trying to look unattractive
Look at me
Management wants you gone by the end of...
You are so busted
At least once a day
I figured you guys might be able to give...
Where did you get that
Both my wife and daughter think I'm this...
I'm looking for the least possible...
When I was your age
This isn't life
I don't think that there's anything...
In order to be successful
Don't you mess with me
But you don't want to be unemployed
That's my wife
He's a freak
I am sick and tired of being treated...
She's not your friend
Or you're going to turn into a real...
My dad thinks I paid for all this with...
Well what makes you so sure she wants us...
You total slut
Except for the pasta
I need a father who's a role model
I see you're smoking pot now
Janie's a pretty typical teenager
I don't think you'd fit in here
And you know what
Welcome to America's weirdest home...
How was school
I didn't mean to scare you
You're mother of the year
I'm not going to talk about his dick...
I don't think we can be friends anymore
Times are tight
You like gettin' nailed by the King
This country is going straight to hell
When did you become so
And I'm just now waking up
Sorry about my dad
It's that psycho next door
Could he be any more
I refuse to live like this
What a freak
If people I don't even know look at me...
I'm in trouble
Do you party
What the hell do you think you're doing
Who are you looking for
I was filming this dead bird
Will someone please pass the fucking...
I'm not obsessing
What is this
Somebody should just put him out of his...
That was exactly what I needed
Do we always have to listen to this...
I know you think my dad's harmless
You need structure
I think 'lagoon'
It's part of my job to live that image
But those fags make me want to puke my...
I'm so sorry my Dad was weird tonight
I will sell this house today
The ad said this pool was lagoon like
Go fuck yourself
I hope you don't mind if I play the...
I don't know
Lester Burnham - Kevin Spacey
Carolyn Burnham - Annette Bening
Jane Burnham - Thora Birch
Ricky Fitts - Wes Bentley
Angela Hayes - Mena Suvari
Buddy Kane - Peter Gallagher
Barbara Fitts - Allison Janney
Colonel Fitts - Chris Cooper
Jim Olmeyer - Scott Bakula
Jim Berkley - Sam Robards
Brad - Barry Del Sherman
Sale House Woman #1 - Ara Celi
Sale House Man #1 - John Cho
Sale House Man #2 - Fort Atkinson
Sale House Woman #2 - Sue Casey
Sale House Man #3 - Kent Faulcon
Sale House Women #4 - Brenda Wehle
Sale House Women #4 - Lisa Cloud
Spartanette #1 - Alison Faulk
Spartanette #2 - Krista Goodsitt
Spartanette #3 - Lily Houtkin
Spartanette #4 - Carolina Lancaster
Spartanette #5 (as Romana Leah) - Mona Leah
Spartanette #6 (as Chekesa Van Putten) - Chekesha Van Putten
Spartanette #7 - Emily Zachary
Spartanette #8 - Nancy Anderson
Spartanette #9 - Reshma Gajjar
Spartanette #10 - Stephanie Rizzo
Playground Girl #1 - Heather Joy Sher
Playground Girl #2 - Chelsea Hertford
Christy Kane - Amber Smith
Catering Boss - Joel McCrary
Mr. Smiley's Counter Girl (Janine) - Marissa Jaret Winokur
Mr. Smiley's Manager - Dennis Anderson
Firing Range Attendant - Matthew Kimbrough
Young Jane - Erin Cathryn Strubbe
Bartender - Bruce Cohen
Newscaster - Elaine Corral Kendall
Wedding Guest - David C. Fisher
Advertising Executive - Tom Miller
President Ronald Reagan (archive footage) - Ronald Reagan