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American Beauty

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Cast
Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper, Peter Gallagher, Allison Janney, Scott Bakula, Sam Robards, Ara Celi, John Cho, Sue Casey, Amber Smith, Matthew Kimbrough
Released
1999
marijuana | Ronald Reagan
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Advertising executive Lester as narrator, referring to his teenage daughter: “Janie’s a pretty typical teenager... angry, insecure, confused.”
”... I didn’t always feel this... sedated...” (0:03)

Jane and her friend Angela smoke joints. (0:20)

Jane tells Angela, referring to neighbor Ricky, “That’s the pervert who filmed me last night.”
Angela: ”He’s a total lunatic.”
”... Connie Cardullo told me that his parents had to put him in a mental institution.”
Jane tells Ricky, “Thanks, but I really don’t need to have some psycho obsessing about me right now.”
Ricky: “I’m not obsessing.” (0:27)

Ricky watches a Ronald Reagan movie on television with his mother Barbara and his Marine colonel father Frank. (0:29)

Ricky asks Lester, “Do you get high?” (0:32)

“You know, I probably wouldn’t even tell you this if I weren’t a little tipsy...” (0:32)

Ricky identifies a movie to Lester: “Yeah, Re-Animator.”
Lester: “Doesn’t that make you nervous...?”
Ricky shares his joint with Lester. (0:33)

Angela tells Jane, referring to Ricky, “It’s that psycho next door.” (0:38)

Handing him a jar, Frank tells Ricky, “I need a urine sample.” (0:41)

Lester tells his realtor wife Carolyn, “I’m not a drunk... I’ve never hit you.” (0:45)

Ricky tells Lester, “Re-Animator...”
”I have to take a drug test every six months just to make sure I’m clean.”< />Ricky reveals his marijuana stash to Lester.
Ricky shows Lester a bag of marijuana: “It’s extremely potent, but a completely mellow high, no paranoia.”
”Never underestimate the power of denial.” (0:47)

Carolyn tells Lester, “I see you’re smoking pot now... I think using illegal psychotropic substances is a very positive example to set for our daughter.” (0:50)

Realtor Buddy tells Caroly, “... as if being driven to succeed is some sort of character flaw.”
”Well, call me crazy...” (0:53)

Angela tells Ricky, “I think maybe you forgot your medication today, mental boy.”
Angela asks Jane, “Are you crazy?” (0:54)

Lester smokes a joint while he drives. (0:56)

Carolyn tells Buddy, “L was so stressed out.” (0:57)

Jane tells Ricky, “... these stray cats... were always around, and it drove my mother nuts...”
They watch a funeral procession pass. (0:58)

Carolyn tells Lester, “I must be psychotic then.” (1:06)

Frank asks Ricky, “Are you on dope again?” (1:11)

Lester tells Carolyn, “Well honey, that’s just nuts.” (1:17)

Ricky tells Jane, “When I was 15 my dad caught me smoking dope. He totally freaked... They drugged me up and left me in there for two years.”
Ricky shares a joint with Jane.
Jane, referring to Lester: “He’s doing massive psychological damage to me.” (1:18)

Jane tells Lester, referring to Angela, “You stare at her all the time, like you’re drunk.” (1:24)

Angela tells Jane, “So you and psycho boy are... on, like, a regular basis now, right?” (1:30)

Ricky tells Lester, “You should learn to roll a joint.”
Ricky rolls a joint. (1:31)

Angela tells Jane, “You’re way too uptight about sex.”
Angela, referring to Ricky: “You’re just a kid, and he’s, like, a mental case.”
”What, other drug dealers? Jane, you’d be out of your mind to go with him.”
Angela tells Ricky, ”Go... yourself, psycho.” (1:36)

Grief overcomes Carolyn when she finds lester dead. (1:54)