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

Brad: [reading Lester's job assessment] "My job consists of basically masking my contempt for the assholes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men's room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that doesn't so closely resemble Hell." Well, you have absolutely no interest in saving yourself.
Lester Burnham: Brad, for 14 years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.

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