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Ricky's father, Frank Fitts (played by Chris Cooper) is hyper-controlling and wants to maintain a strict control over both his wife and Ricky - and does so with an ever-present threat of physical violence. It also becomes apparent that Frank has some repressed homosexual feelings. This is evident from the later scene where he unexpectedly gives into ...


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This scene is set-up as sort of a who-dunit to start with. The actual scene where Lester is killed just shows a gun to the back of his head and it's unclear who pulled the trigger. His daughter looks very serious in the video her boyfriend takes of her when she says she wants her dad dead. Her boyfriend then gives a very serious ( I might do that for you) ...


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I'm pretty sure Carolyn intended to kill Lester, or at least she believed she intended to. She had been listening to the "take life by the horns" motivational tapes and felt she was justified in removing Lester from her life. She looked very intense sitting in the car before going inside. It wasn't until she heard the gunshot and found Lester dead that she ...


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Frank Fitts is a closet/repressed homosexual. There are a few pointers for this: He had a Southern upbringing, one which is very Christian and anti-gay He has a failed marriage and barely touches his wife He was in the army, a society of men, possibly with a lot of man-on-man action going on He is also vehemently anti-gay which could be interpreted to be a ...



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