Black comedy of the deepest, richest darkness laid over an aching meditation on the atrophy of dreams not so much deferred as unformed, unarticulated and lost in the shuffle; this chronicle of suburban families imploding in slow motion contains
genuine laughs, but they escape through clenched teeth. Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is having a mid-life meltdown. He's about to be fired in a cynical corporate downsizing; his teenage daughter Jane (Thora Birch) holds him in the furious contempt only judgmental teens can work up. Wife Carolyn
(Annette Bening) has metamorphosed into a mad housewife, '90s style; realtor, mother, homemaker and student of self-empowerment, sh...