This is a film about people struggling with life. It keys on the lives of a family with only a mother father and daughter. We watch these three people struggle with their lives, and with each other.
Kevin Spacey plays the father Lester, and he is going through a mid-life crisis. He hates his job, his family hates him, and he is simply bored with life. His wife Carolyn is always criticizing him, and his teenage daughter Jane is rebelling against her parents. She is disgusted by how they behave.
Carolyn is a materialistic woman who is very bitchy. She has a real estate career herself and is always looking to make money and improve her status. She starts to cheat on her husband with a married man she feels is more motivated like she is.
Jane is the rebellious teenager who is searching for her own identity. Her best friend is one of the high school beauties who is really a phony. Her beauty intimidates Jane, who feels like no one will ever love her.
Eventually Lester “loses it” at work and quits his job. He gets a good severance pay because he knows some bad things the company has done. He leaves his job and finds work at a fast food place. He also starts working out, and smoking marijuana too.
Jane finds a boyfriend in the new kid next door, Ricky. Ricky is a strange kid with a tough family life himself. His father is a closet homosexual with a strict military background. This has left his mother as a dominated shell of a woman. Ricky sells pot, and becomes Lester’s supplier and friend.
All these issues blend into an intriguing and interesting story with a stunning ending. I won’t tell you any more so you can enjoy the movie fully. Don’t miss out on this classic film.