Lester and Carolyn Burnham are, on the outside, a perfect husband and wife in a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter's friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky, who lives with an abusive father. - IMDb
"[Sex scenes] always really disgusted me. I mean really disgusted me. But I loved this script, so I went and did a nude scene...It's the '90s - everyone's seen a pair of tits."-Actress Thora Birch on receiving her parents' permission to shoot risqué scenes for American Beauty when she was 17, in the December 21-27 Hollywood Reporter weekly edition.