Lester Burnham is the perfect husband with the perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood - on the outside. Inside, Lester is slipping...

American Beauty Details

Lester Burnham is the perfect husband with the perfect house, in the perfect neighborhood - on the outside. Inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a mid-life crisis sparked by hopeless depression.

He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his high school daughter's friends. Meanwhile, his daughter, Jane is developing a happy friendship with the shy boy-next-door, Ricky, who lives with his military officer father.

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American Beauty Quotes

In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.

Buddy Kane

It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.

Ricky Fitts

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