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American Beauty American Beauty a story about Lester Burnham Kevin Spacey his family and his neighbors is both funny and tragic In addition to a loveless marriage an unhappy teenage daughter and a dull boring routine job Lester is worried about aging His idea of the ideal life turned out far from what he expected From the outside all seems ideal from a nice big house to the well-tended red roses and the white picket fence But on the inside is a loveless marriage a distant relationship with his daughter and a depressed middle aged father Lester Burnham Lester a magazine advertising employee and his wife Carolyn a realtor cannot stand each other and their daughter Jane has no desire to be with either of them Two gay men who are thoughtful and kind live on one side of the Burnhams on the other side Ricky Fitz lives with another version of disturbed parents an abused and deeply depressed mother and a retired Marine father who bullies his son is expressively homophobic and collects guns and Nazi era memorabilia In the opening scene Lesters narrating voice tells us that he will be dead in a year He is very unhappy with the way his life is being spent and the way his family has turned out He decides that he needs to make changes in order to be fulfilled His scripted family role is cast aside when he goes to a dinner party for his wifes job This is where he meets his newly moved in neighbor Ricky Fitz a young man around his daughters age that is catering at the party He starts talking and after a while finds himself in the back alley of the building smoking pot with his young new friend As the night ends Lester realizes he has had one of the best nights he has had in a long time Lester is inspired by Rickys laidback
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