History Film / AmericanBeauty

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* HypocriticalHumor: Janine says the slogan, "Smile! You're at Mister Smiley's!" without a trace of a smile on her face or enthusiasm in her voice. Ricky's mom's apology for the look of the (immaculate) house also counts.
6th Sep '17 4:41:17 PM brian8871
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* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Welcome to America's Weirdest Home Videos.
28th Aug '17 1:28:05 PM mouschilight
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Lester Burnham, Caroline Burnham, Jane Burnham, Colonel Frank Fitts, Barbara Fitts, Ricky Fitts, Angela Hayes, Buddy Kane, Jim Olmeyer, and Jim Berkley. No, none of these are just filler characters--each of them plays a crucial role in the plot, or in someone else's characterization.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Lester Burnham, Caroline Carolyn Burnham, Jane Burnham, Colonel Frank Fitts, Barbara Fitts, Ricky Fitts, Angela Hayes, Buddy Kane, Jim Olmeyer, and Jim Berkley. No, none of these are just filler characters--each of them plays a crucial role in the plot, or in someone else's characterization.



* MeaningfulName: Ricky Fitts (see above).

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Ricky Fitts (see above).
20th Aug '17 8:02:55 PM mouschilight
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* AdoptTheDog: Lester holds back from [[spoiler:taking the girl of his dreams, when he finds out that she's a virgin]].

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* AdoptTheDog: Lester holds back from [[spoiler:taking the girl of his dreams, when he finds out that she's still a virgin]].



-->'''Angela''': Well, at least I'm not ugly.
-->'''Ricky''': ... Yes, you are. And you're boring. And you're totally ordinary. And you know it.

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-->'''Angela''': Well, at least I'm not ugly.
-->'''Ricky''': ...
ugly.\\
'''Ricky''': ...
Yes, you are. And you're boring. And you're totally ordinary. And you know it.



* CastingCouch: Angela boasts of sleeping with a photographer to enhance her modeling career. [[spoiler: Turns out she was lying]].

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* CastingCouch: Angela boasts of sleeping with a photographer to enhance her modeling career. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out she was lying]].



* ChivalrousPervert: Lester's obsession over Angela is pretty {{squick}}-inducing, but when he actually has a chance to fulfill his fantasy [[spoiler:he stops once he realizes that for all her bravado Angela is still an inexperienced little girl]].

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* ChivalrousPervert: Lester's obsession over Angela is pretty {{squick}}-inducing, but when he actually has a chance to fulfill his fantasy fantasy, [[spoiler:he stops once he realizes that for all her bravado bravado, Angela is still an inexperienced little girl]].a virgin]].



* ContemptibleCover: If you know nothing about ''American Beauty'', you could be forgiven for thinking it was a porn flick, given the title, the "Look closer" tagline and the prominent picture of a woman's midriff and the red rose. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance this was probably the designer's intention... to look closer and not judge anything by its cover]].

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* ContemptibleCover: If you know nothing about ''American Beauty'', you could be forgiven for thinking it was a porn flick, given the title, the "Look closer" tagline {{Tagline}} and the prominent picture of a woman's midriff and the red rose. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance this was probably the designer's intention... to look closer and not judge anything by its cover]].



* ADateWithRosiePalms:
-->'''Lester''': "Look at me, jerking off in the shower... This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here."

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* ADateWithRosiePalms:
-->'''Lester''':
ADateWithRosiePalms: Lester. "Look at me, jerking off in the shower... shower...This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here."



* {{Fanservice}}: Mena Suvari naked on a bed of rose petals. "Spectacular", indeed. And Screenwriter Alan Ball is gay.

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* {{Fanservice}}: Mena Suvari naked on a bed of rose petals. "Spectacular", indeed. And Screenwriter screenwriter Alan Ball is gay.



* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: [[spoiler: Angela]]

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* HaveIMentionedIAmSexuallyActiveToday: [[spoiler: Angela]][[spoiler:Angela]].



* IdealizedSex: Averted. Very, ''very'' averted. The sex scene between Buddy and Carolyn is hilariously awkward and over-the-top. ("Fuck me, your majesty!") The sex scene between [[spoiler:Lester and Angela]] comes closer to the trope, but [[spoiler:it ends up ending not with sex, but with Lester backing off and comforting Angela instead.]]
* IfYouCanReadThis: There's a sign in Lester's cubicle at work that simply reads "Look Closer." This was just something the set designer just felt like decorating the set with. Director Sam Mendes noticed this after seeing the footage in the editing room, and the phrase "Look Closer" would eventually become the movie's tagline.

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* IdealizedSex: Averted. Very, ''very'' averted. The sex scene between Buddy and Carolyn is hilariously awkward and over-the-top. ("Fuck me, your majesty!") The sex scene between [[spoiler:Lester and Angela]] comes closer to the trope, but [[spoiler:it ends up ending not with sex, but with Lester backing off and comforting Angela instead.]]
instead, after learning that she's still a virgin]].
* IfYouCanReadThis: There's a sign in Lester's cubicle at work that simply reads "Look Closer." This was just something the set designer just felt like decorating the set with. Director Sam Mendes noticed this after seeing the footage in the editing room, and the phrase "Look Closer" would eventually become the movie's tagline.{{Tagline}}.



* IntimateArtistry: Ricky Fitts [[CameraFiend takes his video camera with him everywhere and views the entire world through the viewfinder]]. Though extremely creepy and borderline (Or ''over'' the border) [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], he is shown growing attached to and connecting with people and experiences much more deeply than any other character. He and Jane Burnham grow closer as he films her.

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* IntimateArtistry: Ricky Fitts [[CameraFiend takes his video camera with him everywhere and views the entire world through the viewfinder]]. Though extremely creepy and borderline (Or (or ''over'' the border) [[StalkerWithACrush stalking]], he is shown growing attached to and connecting with people and experiences much more deeply than any other character. He and Jane Burnham grow closer as he films her.



* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Col. Fitts after murdering Lester.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:Col. Fitts Fitts]] after murdering Lester.]]



* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Presented straight initially with Jane as the Madonna and Angela as the Whore. Subverted as the movie goes on, where Jane embraces her sexuality and [[spoiler: it's revealed Angela is still a virgin]].

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* MadonnaWhoreComplex: Presented straight initially with Jane as the Madonna and Angela as the Whore. Subverted as the movie goes on, where Jane embraces her sexuality and [[spoiler: it's [[spoiler:it's revealed Angela is still a virgin]].



* MistakenForGay: [[spoiler:Lester. It gets him killed.]]

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* MistakenForGay: [[spoiler:Lester.[[spoiler:Lester]]. It gets him killed.]]



-->I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time. For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars. And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street. Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper. And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird. And Janie... and Janie... and... Carolyn.

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-->I -->"I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time. For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars. And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street. Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper. And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird. And Janie... and Janie... and... Carolyn."



* NippleAndDimed: It ''is'' an R-rated movie. Subverted by Birch's topless scene, however, which emphasizes her vulnerability over her sexuality. More so with the other eventual nipples on display.

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* NippleAndDimed: It ''is'' an R-rated movie. Subverted by Thora Birch's topless scene, however, which emphasizes her vulnerability over her sexuality. More so with the other eventual nipples on display.



* OneDialogueTwoConversations: PlayedForDrama. [[spoiler:When Col. Fitts wanders over in the rain, Lester's dialogue confirm his (mistaken) perception that Lester is, like Fitts himself, a closeted gay man. This leads to the shooting at the end.]]

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* OneDialogueTwoConversations: PlayedForDrama. [[spoiler:When Col. Fitts When [[spoiler:Col. Fitts]] wanders over in the rain, Lester's dialogue confirm confirms his (mistaken) perception that Lester is, like Fitts himself, [[spoiler:Fitts himself]], a closeted gay man. This leads to the shooting at the end.]]



* PomPomGirl: Angela is of a good nature and can get people into cheers, she's self obsessed when not on the job. Jane is affable even when she's not acting as a cheerleader but even though she's enthusiastic she's not very good at it. Carolyn mentions how dedicated she is to her routines as well.

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* PomPomGirl: Angela is of a good nature and can get people into cheers, she's self obsessed self-obsessed when not on the job. Jane is affable even when she's not acting as a cheerleader but even though she's enthusiastic she's not very good at it. Carolyn mentions how dedicated she is to her routines as well.



** When he's working out after Carolyn's lecture : ''"That's. What. You. Think!"''
** During the violent dinner : ''"Don't Interrupt Me. Honey."''
** After his romantic moment with his wife : ''"IT'S! JUST! A! COUCH!"''
** When he finds out [[spoiler: she is cheating on him]] : ''"No, no. '''You'''. Don't get to tell '''me''' what to do. Ever. Again."''

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** When he's working out after Carolyn's lecture : lecture: ''"That's. What. You. Think!"''
** During the violent dinner : dinner: ''"Don't Interrupt Me. Honey."''
** After his romantic moment with his wife : wife: ''"IT'S! JUST! A! COUCH!"''
** When he finds out [[spoiler: she [[spoiler:she is cheating on him]] : him]]: ''"No, no. '''You'''. Don't get to tell '''me''' what to do. Ever. Again."''



* SpitTake: Lester spits his beer into the kitchen sink when he hears that Angela is gonna stay for the night.

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* SpitTake: Lester spits his beer into the kitchen sink when he hears that Angela is gonna going to stay for the night.



* StraightGay: The two Jims. [[spoiler: Col. Fitts, a raging homophobe who is actually deeply closeted, doesn't even realize they're gay at first.]]

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* StraightGay: The two Jims. [[spoiler: Col. Fitts, [[spoiler:Col. Fitts]], a raging homophobe who is actually deeply closeted, doesn't even realize they're gay at first.]]



* TitleDrop: A non-verbal example with the "American Beauty" rose being prominently featured (see Flower Motifs above)

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* TitleDrop: A non-verbal example with the "American Beauty" rose being prominently featured (see Flower Motifs above)FlowerMotifs above).



* UnexpectedVirgin: [[spoiler:Angela.]]

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* UnexpectedVirgin: [[spoiler:Angela.]][[spoiler:Angela]].



** [[spoiler: "This is my first time."]]
** In-universe but not really to the audience is Lester yelling "sit down!" when Jane tries to leave the dinner table. She and Carolyn are shocked that Lester actually raised his voice.
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Subverted if not reversed. Carolyn hits Jane but actually ''stops'' crying and apologising as she does so, as Jane was having none of her mother's emotional blackmail.

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** [[spoiler: "This [[spoiler:"This is my first time."]]
** In-universe but not really to the audience InUniverse is Lester yelling "sit down!" when Jane tries to leave the dinner table. She and Carolyn are shocked that Lester actually raised his voice.
* WhyDidYouMakeMeHitYou: Subverted if not reversed. Subverted. Carolyn hits Jane but actually ''stops'' crying and apologising apologizing as she does so, as Jane was having none of her mother's emotional blackmail.



* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Col. Fitts, Angela.]]

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* YouAreWhatYouHate: [[spoiler:Col. Fitts, Angela.]]Angela]].
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* UnexpectedVirgin: [[Angela.]]

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* UnexpectedVirgin: [[Angela.[[spoiler:Angela.]]
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* TookALevelInBadass: Lester after quitting his job, begins working out...and standing up to his wife.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "This is my first time."]]
** [[WhamLine Wham Kiss]]

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* TookALevelInBadass: Lester after quitting his job, begins working out... and standing up to his wife.
* WhamLine: UnexpectedVirgin: [[Angela.]]
* WhamLine:
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[[spoiler: "This is my first time."]]
** [[WhamLine Wham Kiss]]
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18th Jul '17 8:51:21 AM brian8871
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* BareYourMidriff: On the poster. Oddly, the midriff in question doesn't belong to any of the movie's stars.
18th Jun '17 4:09:28 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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''American Beauty'' is a 1999 American {{dramedy}} film that won the Best Picture Oscar. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.

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''American Beauty'' is a 1999 American {{dramedy}} film that won the Best Picture Oscar.[[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscar]]. It was the break-out film for writer Alan Ball (''Series/SixFeetUnder'', ''Series/TrueBlood'') and director Creator/SamMendes. Creator/ChrisCooper also got his launch here, and finally, Creator/KevinSpacey won his second Oscar here.
18th Mar '17 10:13:49 PM KingClark
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-> "[[VerbalBusinessCard My name is Lester Burnham]]. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year, [[ForegoneConclusion I'll be dead]].
-> "...Of course, I don't know that yet. And, in a way, I'm dead already."

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-> "[[VerbalBusinessCard My name is Lester Burnham]]. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year, [[ForegoneConclusion I'll be dead]].
-> "...
dead]]... Of course, I don't know that yet. And, in a way, I'm dead already."
9th Mar '17 1:43:35 AM Runefurb
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* CreatorCameo: The producer plays the bartender at the place where Ricky works.
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