Review of American Beauty Essay

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Review of American Beauty

The 1999 Academy Award winning movie American Beauty has many major plots and shows the reality of American life. This movie uses symbolism to get ideas across in many different situations and it shows the actuality of life, it is not always what it looks like on the outside.

Lester and Carolyn Burnham seem like they have a perfect marriage and a perfect family life while in turn they are having a lot of marriage problems. Lester is going through a midlife crisis; he quits his high-paying job for a fast food service job at Mr. Smiley’s and he buys the car of his dreams. His wife, Carolyn, is so upset by his new “freedom” that she has an affair with one of her colleagues and is caught by Lester when she
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She is upset by the marriage problems her parents are having and blames her father for all of them. Jane is also upset that her father is hitting on her friend Angela and he wants to have an affair with her. Angela thinks Jane’s father is sexy and she hits on him too, which makes Jane have problems with her friend.

Ricky is a shy boy who moves in next door to Jane. All the kids at Jane’s school consider him a “freak”, but him and Jane have a lot more in common than she might think. They end up becoming involved with each other and realize that they both come from broken homes, and they both hate their fathers. Ricky’s father is an ex-marine who beats him when he is upset and even though Jane’s father does not beat her and it would appear that their relationship is perfect, it is not. Ricky shows Jane a film he made of a plastic bag blowing in the wind and he said it was the most beautiful thing he had ever filmed. The plastic bag symbolizes freedom, the way it just blows freely in the wind. Ricky does not experience this freedom because of his father and how strict he is.
Ricky is having homosexual relations with Lester, Jane’s father, for money. One night Ricky’s homophobic father saw Ricky with Lester through the window and he forced him to move out of the house. Ricky then goes to Jane’s house and asks her to move to New York with him and she says yes. Then, they hear a loud noise from downstairs, Ricky’s father shot Lester