American Beauty

American Beauty poster
After his death sometime in his forty-third year, suburbanite Lester Burnham tells of the last few weeks of his life, during which he had no idea of his imminent passing. He is a husband to real estate agent Carolyn Burnham and father to high school student Janie Burnham. Although Lester and Carolyn once loved each other, they now merely tolerate each other. Typical wallflower Janie too hates both her parents, the three who suffer individually in silence in their home life. Janie tries to steer clear of both her parents. Carolyn, relatively new to the real estate business, wants to create the persona of success to further her career, she aspiring to the professional life of Buddy Kane, the king of the real estate business in their neighborhood. Lester merely walks mindlessly through life, including at his job in advertising. His company is downsizing, and he, like all the other employees, has to justify his position to the newly hired efficiency expert to keep his job. Things change ...

Director: Sam Mendes
Writer: Alan Ball
Production: N/A
Genre: drama
Year: 1999
MetaScore: 84/100
ImdbRating: 8.3
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 01 Oct 1999
Awards: Won 5 Oscars. Another 106 wins & 101 nominations.


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First of all
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Your father and I were just discussing...
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This is my
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Remember those posters that said
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Whatever it is you're doing out here
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Whose car is that out front
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What are you doing
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Got a minute
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Makes you wonder what else you can do...
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It's like God's looking right at you
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At least I'm not ugly
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What do you mean
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Are you trying to look unattractive
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Look at me
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You are so busted
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At least once a day
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I figured you guys might be able to give...
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Where did you get that
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When I was your age
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This isn't life
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In order to be successful
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Don't you mess with me
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But you don't want to be unemployed
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That's my wife
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He's a freak
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She's not your friend
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Well what makes you so sure she wants us...
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You total slut
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Except for the pasta
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I'm leaving
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I need a father who's a role model
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I see you're smoking pot now
My husband - screenshot from movie American Beauty
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My husband
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Janie's a pretty typical teenager
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I don't think you'd fit in here
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And you know what
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Welcome to America's weirdest home...
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How was school
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I didn't mean to scare you
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You're mother of the year
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I'm not going to talk about his dick...
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I don't think we can be friends anymore
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Times are tight
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You like gettin' nailed by the King
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This country is going straight to hell
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When did you become so
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And I'm just now waking up
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Sorry about my dad
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It's that psycho next door
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Could he be any more
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I refuse to live like this
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What a freak
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If people I don't even know look at me...
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I'm in trouble
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What's wrong
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Do you party
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What the hell do you think you're doing
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Who are you looking for
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I was filming this dead bird
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Will someone please pass the fucking...
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I'm not obsessing
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What is this
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Somebody should just put him out of his...
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That was exactly what I needed
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Do we always have to listen to this...
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I know you think my dad's harmless
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You need structure
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I've changed
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I think 'lagoon'
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It's part of my job to live that image
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But those fags make me want to puke my...
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Smarty Man
I'm so sorry my Dad was weird tonight - screenshot from movie American Beauty
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I'm so sorry my Dad was weird tonight
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I will sell this house today
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The ad said this pool was lagoon like
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Go fuck yourself
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I hope you don't mind if I play the...
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Don't know
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I don't know

Movie Quotes

Movie Cast

Lester Burnham - Kevin Spacey
Carolyn Burnham - Annette Bening
Jane Burnham - Thora Birch
Ricky Fitts - Wes Bentley
Angela Hayes - Mena Suvari
Buddy Kane - Peter Gallagher
Barbara Fitts - Allison Janney
Colonel Fitts - Chris Cooper
Jim Olmeyer - Scott Bakula
Jim Berkley - Sam Robards
Sale House Woman #1 - Ara Celi
Sale House Man #1 - John Cho
Sale House Man #2 - Fort Atkinson
Sale House Woman #2 - Sue Casey
Sale House Man #3 - Kent Faulcon
Sale House Women #4 - Brenda Wehle
Sale House Women #4 - Lisa Cloud
Spartanette #1 - Alison Faulk
Spartanette #2 - Krista Goodsitt
Spartanette #3 - Lily Houtkin
Spartanette #4 - Carolina Lancaster
Spartanette #5 (as Romana Leah) - Mona Leah
Spartanette #6 (as Chekesa Van Putten) - Chekesha Van Putten
Spartanette #7 - Emily Zachary
Spartanette #8 - Nancy Anderson
Spartanette #9 - Reshma Gajjar
Spartanette #10 - Stephanie Rizzo
Playground Girl #1 - Heather Joy Sher
Playground Girl #2 - Chelsea Hertford
Christy Kane - Amber Smith
Catering Boss - Joel McCrary
Mr. Smiley's Counter Girl (Janine) - Marissa Jaret Winokur
Mr. Smiley's Manager - Dennis Anderson
Firing Range Attendant - Matthew Kimbrough
Bartender - Bruce Cohen
Wedding Guest - David C. Fisher
Advertising Executive - Tom Miller
President Ronald Reagan (archive footage) - Ronald Reagan