American Beauty

American Beauty (1999)

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Col. Frank Fitts spies on Ricky next door with Lester. Ricky rolls a joint while Lester lays back in a chair, but from Frank's point of view, he looks like he is giving Lester a blowjob. When Ricky returns he has an argument with Frank and then leaves. He runs next door to ask Jane to run away with him. Frank goes next door and finds Lester exercising in the garage, he starts crying and kisses Lester, when Lester realises what he is, he tells him that he has the wrong idea. Jane has an argument with Angela, who later gets comforted by Lester. They get more intimate but Angela confesses that she is a virgin, and Lester decides not to have sex with her. Lester looks at an old photo of his family, and smiles. He is then suddenly shot in the head. As a monologue from Lester plays, every character who could've shot him, appeared to be somewhere else when the gunshot was heard. The evidence leads to Frank Fitts who was obviously upset, had blood on his shirt, and was missing a gun from his rack of guns. Lester remembers back to all his favourite moments and quotes, "I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world."

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The films enigmatic tagline "Look Closer" can be seen on a card or sticker at Lester's desk.