So Tom of Digital Shortbread recently hit me up with another absolutely awesome scene to share with you guys. Thanks a million, Tom!

For one reason or another, I have put off watching Sam Mendes’ directorial debut ‘American Beauty.’ That is, until now. I have no explanation as to why it’s taken me this long, particularly when we get to scenes as well-acted and memorable as this one. This dinner scene at the Burnham residence is potent with energy, pent-up frustration and comedic relief. Particularly from Kevin Spacey as sexually frustrated suburban father Lester Burnham. But if you think it’s just Spacey who makes the movie memorable, Annette Bening proves a formidable on-screen counter to Spacey in this pivotal moment. Check it out:

9 thoughts on “Digital Shortbread Sporadic Scene: American Beauty (1999) – Family Dinner

  1. table9mutant says:

    Nice pick, Tom! You really did love this movie, didn’t you! 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom says:

      Why yes, yes I did/do/will do. Such a good one. Long live Frank Underwood. . . er, Kevin Spacey.

      Liked by 2 people

  2. abbiosbiston says:

    One of my most memorable scenes of all time.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Tom says:

      It also has one of my favorite lines of all time:

      “Today I quit my job. Then I told my boss to go f**k himself and then blackmailed him for almost $60,000. Pass the asparagus.”

      Liked by 2 people

  3. vinnieh says:

    That was a nice pick.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tom says:

      Why thanks Vin. It is a good one isn’t it?

      Liked by 1 person

      1. vinnieh says:

        Hell yeah, it’s been ages since I last watched Americam Beauty.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Tom says:

    Yayyy! Thanks a mil for posting Zoe. Such a fun scene. Spacey rules.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Zoë says:

      Thank YOU for picking such a great scene!

      Liked by 1 person

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