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American Beauty Script Summary

Lester and Carolyn Burnham are, on the outside, a perfect husband and wife in a perfect house in a perfect neighborhood. But inside, Lester is slipping deeper and deeper into a hopeless depression. He finally snaps when he becomes infatuated with one of his daughter’s friends. Meanwhile, his daughter Jane is developing a happy friendship with a shy boy-next-door named Ricky, who lives with an abusive father.

TitleAmerican Beauty
GenresDrama, Romance,
IMDB Rating
8.4/10 stars from 846,861 users.
Director(s)Sam Mendes,
ActorsKevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley,
Released01 Oct 1999
Runtime122 min
AwardsWon 5 Oscars. Another 103 wins & 96 nominations.
Domestic Box Office$130,096,601
Foreign Box Office$226,200,000
Total Box Office$356,296,601

Discussion About American Beauty

  1. Nate Briggs

    Two things I know about this script:

    1) The beginning was radically altered before production—which probably suggests that the pre-production drafts were not that good to begin with.

    2) One monumental plot hole that renders one whole thread of the story ridiculous is a boy who deals in marijuana, and smokes in his home, somehow does this absolutely undetected by his hyper-vigilant father. The smell of burning pot is penetrating—it is unique—and it lingers. Anybody in a house where a teen is getting high would pick up the scent right away.

    That being said Kevin Spacey’s final speech is very memorable. No wonder Alan Ball went on to do a whole series about death.

    • Milo Ponce de Leon

      “Denial”, my friend. It’s a powerful thing. Even for the most vigilant of parents.