plays Lester Burnham, a middle aged man suffering from a mid-life crisis. He has an epiphany when he lays his eyes on one of his daughter Jane's friends. Woken from his suburban coma, he takes it upon himself to make a few changes -- like quitting his job and buying the car of his dreams. His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening
), is a frustrated control freak who is only maddened by his escalating freedom, and his daughter (Thora Birch
) just plain hates him. His wife's reaction to the situation is to fall in the arms of a colleague (Peter Gallagher
The chaos in the neighborhood becomes more complicated with the arrival of an equally dysfunctional family consisting of a stern ex-Marine, his vacuous wife and their detached, drug-dealing son Ricky, who becomes involved with Jane.
Received eight Academy Award nominations, winning five: Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Director,
Best Cinematography and Best Original Screenplay.