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Film directed by Sam Mendes about the breakdown of neighboring suburban families.

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Title significance of the movie American Beauty

American Beauty is a nice movie with an intriguing story. However, what is the significance of the title American Beauty? How does it fit according to the movie plot?
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Did Ricky tell his father he is gay, so he would kill Lester?

During the scene where Jane and Ricky were talking about killing Lester in American Beauty, Ricky zoomed into Jane's eyes. I understood this as a sign, that Jane was not actually joking about killing ...
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Was the ending of “American Beauty” happy or sad? [closed]

American Beauty ended with several juxtapositions, which begs the question, whether it was a happy ending or a sad ending. Every viewer was left wondering if there had been a resolution to a conflict, ...
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What did the color Red symbolize in “American Beauty”?

Watching this movie, one can't help but notice the vibrant red scattered throughout American Beauty. From the red roses, to the red door of the Burnham's, to the red dress that Carolyn wears when she ...
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Why is the ending of American Beauty set up as a who-dunit?

I watch American Beauty once or twice and year and every time I see it, I wonder what the purpose of setting up the ending in this way is. Why have so many of the characters been placed to be ...
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Who shot Lester Burnham in “American Beauty” (1999)?

Who shot Lester Burnham in "American Beauty" (1999)? Was it Colonel Frank Fitts or Carolyn Burnham? And why was he shot?
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Does American Beauty advocate Taoism?

I don't know if my question belongs here or not. In the movie American Beauty, the message is that real beauty lies beneath the surface of things and you have to look deeper. A nice home in the ...
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Why is the Beatles music appropriate in American Beauty?

In the original script for the movie American Beauty Beatles songs are used numerous times, such as when Ricky is in his jail cell and when Lester sees Ricky's music when getting pot from him. I can ...
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Was Frank Fitts gay or not?

In the movie American Beauty, we see Colonel Frank Fitts tried to kiss Lester Burnham just before the latter was killed. Why did he try to do so? At first, I thought Frank himself was gay too. But ...
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What was Carolyn’s intention with the gun?

Towards the end of American Beauty, after her affair was found out by Lester and the relationship is broken off, Carolyn can be seen distraught in her car, and eventually loads a gun. She then drives ...
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Why did Ricky's dad kick him out?

In the movie American Beauty, towards the end of the movie a scene happens which leads Ricky's father to believe that he was gay. He confronts Ricky and Ricky lies to him, telling him that he is gay. ...