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  • Lester And Ricky
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    April 2001 American Beauty Psychology Analysis American Beauty depicts modern dysfunctional families that appear to be happy on the outside, while on the inside they have tremendous deep-rooted problems. The movie begins to show many Freudian psychotic traits when unhappy Lester Burnham loses his job and begins a stereotypical male mid-life crisis by buying a red sports car, smoking marijuana, exercising maniacally, and fantasizing about younger women. He lusts after his daughter Jane's best fri...
  • Angela's Moves And Lester's Thoughts
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    American Beauty (1999) tells the story of one man's search for happiness. The film introduces the audience to Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), an ordinary married man and father in his forties. Lester is in a loveless marriage, however, as Lester's wife Carolyn (Annette Benning), is so wrapped-up in her real estate career that Lester often claims that Carolyn doesn't even acknowledge him. Lester's daughter Jane (Thora Birch), is completely distant, often claiming how pathetic she thinks her father...
  • Lester And Frank's Son
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    In American movies there are often underlying plots, hidden themes and subliminal messages. Many times the producer is trying to make a point that is not blatantly obvious to the audience. American Beauty is one such movie with an intangible agenda. There are many characters interacting with each other in obvious ways on the surface, such as leading normal lives in a normal neighborhood, but ultimately they effect the outcome of the movie because of less obvious character flaws and the way they ...
  • Movie Lester
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    In life, everyone must make choices. Choices give an individual the freedom to decide upon the path to which they will follow. Since its beginnings, the film making industry has focused on showing the direct relationship between the choices that people make and the resulting consequences they must face. In the movie American Beauty, the character of Lester Burnham must make many important choices that could either lead to his ultimate happiness, or draw him further into his despair. In the movie...
  • Opening Scene The Main Character Lester
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    In the film, American Beauty directed by Sam Mendes, two sequences that were of significance were the opening and closing scenes. The opening scene is important as it foreshadows how the main characters will develop throughout the film. In the closing scene, the full development of characters is seen, and this development is highlighted through important events in the closing scene. In the opening sequence the main characters foreshadow how they will develop throughout the film. One way in where...
  • Lester's Body Language
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    Opening sequence: the film starts with a helicopter shot looking over "white suburbia" a nice neighborhood and in a nice suburb. Then we move to a shot of Lester played by Kevin Spacey in the shower masturbating describing this as the most exciting part of his day. This then highlights Lester's sexual frustration a married father who hasn't had sex in a while with his wife Carolyn played by Annette Bening who appears to be more concerned about her house as well as her appearance of marital bliss...
  • Jane Relationship With Lester
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    AMERICAN BEAUTY: LIFE THROUGH A CHILDS EYE The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm (qty. In Eli bron). These are the words spoken by world-renowned author Aldous Huxley, whose words have made a lasting impression on Hollywood. Movie producers try to incorporate this child spirit into their movie characters. However, as movies are a parallel to real life, this childlike characteristic, would naturally mislead people into thin...
  • Epic Moment In Lester Byrnham's Unhappy Life
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    It's Just a Couch! Americans are caught up in the belief that what we are is what we own. There is a superficial nature to our society. We are nothing more than peacocks walking around strutting our feathers marked with price tags and brand names. The suburbs are a nesting ground for all of this fictitiousness. When Lester Byrnham introduces himself to his audience, he finds himself amidst the cradle of this fakeness. The movie American Beauty starts by accompanying Lester Byrnham through one da...

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