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"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -- by Alan Ball
30.6.2005 0:59 Uhr
INT. FITTS HOUSE - RICKY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT On VIDEO: JANE BURNHAM lays in bed, wearing a tank top. She's sixteen, with dark, intense eyes. JANE I need a father who's a role model, not some horny geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school. (snorts) What a lame-o. Somebody really should put him out of his misery. Her mind wanders for a beat. RICKY (O.C.) Want me to kill him for you? Jane looks at us and sits up. JANE (deadpan) Yeah, would you? FADE TO BLACK. FADE IN: EXT. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL - EARLY MORNING We're FLYING above suburban America, DESCENDING SLOWLY toward a tree-lined street. LESTER (V.O.) My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. This is my street. This... is my life. I'm forty-two years old. In less than a year, I'll be dead. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS We're looking down at a king-sized BED from OVERHEAD: LESTER BURNHAM lies sleeping amidst expensive bed linens, face down, wearing PAJAMAS. An irritating ALARM CLOCK RINGS. Lester gropes blindly to shut it off. LESTER (V.O.) Of course, I don't know that yet. He rolls over, looks up at us and sighs. He doesn't seem too thrilled at the prospect of a new day. LESTER (V.O.) (cont'd) And in a way, I'm dead already. He sits up and puts on his slippers. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BATH - MOMENTS LATER
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Lester thrusts his face directly into a steaming hot shower. ANGLE from outside the shower: Lester's naked body is silhouetted through the fogged-up glass door. It becomes apparent he is masturbating. LESTER (V.O.) (amused) Look at me, jerking off in the shower. (then) This will be the high point of my day. It's all downhill from here. EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER CLOSE on a single, dewy AMERICAN BEAUTY ROSE. A gloved hand with CLIPPERS appears and SNIPS the flower off. CAROLYN BURNHAM tends her rose bushes in front of the Burnham house. A very well-put together woman of forty, she wears color-coordinated gardening togs and has lots of useful and expensive tools. Lester watches her through a WINDOW on the first floor, peeping out through the drapes. LESTER (V.O.) That's my wife Carolyn. See the way the handle on those pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident. EXT. JIMS' HOUSE - CONTINUOUS In the fenced front yard of the house next door, a dog BARKS repeatedly. A MAN in a conservative suit (JIM #1) chastises the barking dog. JIM #1 Hush, Bitsy. You hush. What is wrong? LESTER (V.O.) That's our next-door neighbor Jim. A second MAN in a conservative suit (JIM #2) comes out of the house. LESTER (V.O.) (cont'd) And that's his lover, Jim. JIM #2 (re: barking dog) What in the world is wrong with her? She had a walk this morning. JIM #1 And a jerky treat.
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LESTER (V. CAROLYN (overly friendly) I just love your tie! That color! JIM #1 I just love your roses.6. Jim #1 and Carolyn continue to chat. Egg shells and Miracle Grow.by Alan Ball 30. working at her computer.O. http://www. Jim! Jim #1 walks toward the fence to greet Carolyn.O.CONTINUOUS Lester watches all this from the window. Carolyn. but she's overly animated. We used to be happy. EXT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. CLOSE on the COMPUTER MONITOR: A PERSONAL BANKING SOFTWARE window suddenly disappears to reveal another window: a PLASTIC SURGERY WEBSITE.hundland. Come inside. I'll tell you. CAROLYN Good morning.htm Seite 3 von 89 .O. (sternly) Bitsy.JANE'S ROOM ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.2005 0:59 Uhr JIM #2 You spoil her. No bark. I get exhausted just watching her. unaware that Lester is watching them. LESTER (V. Only child. like a TV talk show host. INT. Now.) My daughter Jane. BURNHAM HOUSE . LESTER (V. How do you get them to flourish like this? CAROLYN Well. JIM #1 Morning. She used to be happy. BURNHAM HOUSE . Lester's POV: We can't hear what Jim and Carolyn are saying.) Man. featuring clinical "before" and "after" photos of surgically augmented breasts.CONTINUOUS JANE is seated at her desk.) (cont'd) She wasn't always like this.
"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass.. Lester's briefcase suddenly springs open and his papers spill all over the driveway. He drops to his knees to gather everything. Dad.hundland. they're right. Lester hurries out the front door.. JANE Nice going.O.by Alan Ball 30. Jane gets in the car.A SHORT TIME LATER Carolyn is driving. contemptuous but also bored. His POV: Carolyn looks down at us. Angry.) (cont'd) Janie's a pretty typical teenager. confused. BURNHAM HOUSE . insecure. Lester is asleep in the back seat. a CAR HORN BLARES.. Jane shuffles out of the house. Lester smiles sheepishly.2005 0:59 Uhr LESTER (V.) http://www. trying to lighten the moment. as if she gave up expecting anything more long ago.. her backpack slung over her shoulder.CONTINUOUS Carolyn stands next to a platinum-colored MERCEDES-BENZ ML320.) Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser. LESTER (V.O.htm Seite 4 von 89 . carrying a BRIEFCASE. then shifts to get a good profile of her breasts. INT. Jane stares out the window. Are you trying to look unattractive? JANE Yes. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 .O.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.O. CAROLYN Well.6. EXT. CAROLYN Jane. You've succeeded admirably. Jane stuffs items into her BACKPACK. Honey. could you make me a little later. reaching in through the drivers' window to blow the HORN again. and. please? Because I'm not quite late enough. Outside. We HEAR the CAR HORN again from outside. congratulations. CAROLYN (cont'd) Lester. Jane studies herself in a mirror. LESTER (V.) (cont'd) But I don't want to lie to her. LESTER (V.
. please?. But you know what? It's never too late to get it back... Lester Burnham. but you see.. and you gotta free up cash. Brad stands. BRAD Hey Les. sure.. Thank you! Lester disconnects the call.. So. Lester sits across from him. there is some basic information about the product launch that isn't even covered in your press release and I.2005 0:59 Uhr I have lost something. BRAD I'm sure you can understand our need to cut corners around here."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. LESTER Hello. approaches and observes Lester. but I know I didn't always feel this.. INT. LESTER (cont'd) It's 555 0199. LESTER (blurts) http://www. Can I ask you a question? Who is Tamblin? Does he exist? 'Cause he doesn't ever seem to come in. looking small and isolated. Well. Times are tight. smiling perfunctorily LESTER For you. LESTER Oh. this is Lester Burnham from Media Monthly magazine. ready to usher Lester out. OFFICE BUILDING .. okay..by Alan Ball 30...hundland.DAY Lester sits at his workstation. Right? BRAD Exactly. obviously irritated. He's staring at a computer monitor and talking on a HEADSET PHONE. a dapper man in his thirties. who is unaware of his presence. Gotta spend money to make money.. Yeah. BRAD. I'm calling for Mr.MOMENTS LATER Brad is seated behind his desk in his big corner office.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. I'm not exactly sure what it is.6. Yeah.htm Seite 5 von 89 . Brad? I've got five. BRAD'S OFFICE . Tamblin. INT. sedated. I'll leave my number. we're all under a deadline here. friendly tone of his voice. uh. a BEIGE CUBICLE surrounded by IDENTICAL BEIGE CUBICLES. The beleaguered expression on his face is at odds with the light. You got a minute? Lester turns around.
"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. But you don't want to be unemployed. powerless. mapping out in detail how they contribute. BURNHAM HOUSE . Regis for.2005 0:59 Uhr Like the time when Mr. LESTER (angry) I've been writing for this magazine for fourteen years. That's somebody who's gonna get fired because Craig has to pay women to fuck him! BRAD Jesus. Movers carry furniture toward the house. Carolyn drives. Lester is in the passenger seat.hundland. The Mercedes-Benz pulls into the Burnham driveway. You've been here how long. management can assess who's valuable and-LESTER Who's expendable.by Alan Ball 30. Les. Calm down. like. http://www. Nobody's getting fired yet. EXT. This is your one chance to save your job. three months? BRAD (startled) That's unsubstantiated gossip.htm Seite 6 von 89 . Brad.LATE AFTERNOON A MOVING VAN is parked in front of the COLONIAL HOUSE next door to the Burnhams'.6. I'm trying to level with you. That's why we're having everyone write out a job description. BRAD It's just business. That way. LESTER That's fifty thousand dollars. Lester stares at him. and then she used the card numbers and stayed at the St. you just write the damn thing! LESTER You don't think it's weird and kinda fascist? CAROLYN Possibly. a whole month? BRAD (frank) I'm one of the good guys. CAROLYN --there is no decision. Flournoy used the company MasterCard to pay for that hooker. what was it. That's somebody's salary.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.
which of course it was. RED ROSES are bunched in a vase at the center of the table. LESTER Well. Lester suddenly turns to Jane.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.DINING ROOM . CAROLYN Their sycamore? C'mon! A substantial portion of the root structure was on our property.hundland. they were still mad at you for cutting down their sycamore. huh? As they get out of the car. A long beat. because it's more convenient that way. LESTER So Janie.LATER THAT NIGHT We HEAR EASY-LISTENING MUSIC. do we always have to listen to this elevator music? CAROLYN (considers) No. As soon as you've prepared a nutritious yet savory meal that I'm about to eat. followed by Lester.htm Seite 7 von 89 .6. You know that. instead of-(heavy disdain) --"The Real Estate King. if the Lomans had let me represent them.by Alan Ball 30.. Carolyn scopes out the MOVERS next door." that house would never have sat on the market for six months. Carolyn and Jane are eating dinner by CANDLELIGHT. JANE Mom. you can listen to whatever you like. CAROLYN (cont'd) So we've finally got new neighbors. BURNHAM HOUSE . how was school? JANE http://www. How can you call it their sycamore? I wouldn't have the heart to just cut down something if it wasn't partially mine. Lester. INT. No. CAROLYN Could you be just a little bit more dramatic.. until. or even seems aware of anybody else's presence. well. let's just all sell our souls and work for Satan."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. She heads into the house. we don't. Nobody makes eye contact.2005 0:59 Uhr LESTER Oh. please. You know.
CAROLYN (cont'd) (more authority) http://www. what do you expect? You can't all of a sudden be my best friend.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE (cont'd) I mean. LESTER Well. could they? No. CAROLYN (taken aback) What?! Lester is quiet.. hello. A beat. It was spec-tac-ular. that would be too.hundland. no. staring at his plate.. because they couldn't just come right out and say that. you're mother-of-the-year? You treat her like an employee.by Alan Ball 30. this really friendly guy named Brad. She gets up and heads toward the kitchen. She's gone.htm Seite 8 von 89 . you want to know how things went at my job today? Now she looks at him as if he's lost his mind. could you? Carolyn is watching this closely.2005 0:59 Uhr (suspicious) It was okay.6. what. LESTER Just okay? JANE No. And so they've asked us-(off her look) --you couldn't possibly care any less. honest. You've barely even spoken to me for months. JANE (uncomfortable) Well."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Dad. how perfect is that? And he's basically there to make it seem like they're justified in firing somebody. Lester notices Carolyn looking at him critically. LESTER Oh. LESTER (cont'd) They've hired this efficiency expert. just because you had a bad day.
We FOLLOW HER out the door. LESTER (cont'd) (finally) You know. His POV.hundland..com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. as if he realizes he's being watched. Lester enters. BURNHAM HOUSE . I'm. but his eyes are much older. INT. illuminated by the screen of his DIGICAM as he videotapes. great.6. LESTER (cont'd) I'm sorry I haven't been more available. taking his plate with him. CLOSE on the face of RICKY FITTS. Jane turns and stares at him.htm Seite 9 von 89 .. Beneath his Zen-like tranquility lurks something wounded. I'm sorry. Janie. I just. but he's no longer http://www. but it's obvious it's not going well. Ricky is eighteen. Jane puts her plate in the dishwasher and leaves. So now it's my fault? LESTER I didn't say that.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER I'm going to get some ice cream....KITCHEN .. BURNHAM HOUSE .. you don't always have to wait for me to come to you. His head suddenly jerks up and he looks at us.. irritated.2005 0:59 Uhr What? Lester gets up and starts after Jane. BURNHAM HOUSE . Carolyn watches him go. He's looking to her for a little help here."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.CONTINUOUS On VIDEO: We're looking through GREENHOUSE WINDOWS at Lester and Jane in the kitchen We can't hear what they're saying. waiting for him to finish. muttering to himself. INT. rinsing off his plate. we see Lester at the sink. but she's too uncomfortable with this sudden intimacy to give him any. JANE Oh.CONTINUOUS Jane stands at the sink.. rinsing off her plate. EXT.CONTINUOUS Lester's POV: We're looking out through the kitchen window at the point where Ricky was just standing. on VIDEO: Through the kitchen window. It's nobody's fault. and dangerous.. then the camera JERKS back to Lester calling after her. LESTER Honey. what happened? You and I used to be pals. I.
It's startling how happy they look. oppressive and tasteless. where it lands next to a framed PHOTOGRAPH of Lester. Throughout all this."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.by Alan Ball 30. then tosses the towel on the counter on his way out. Lester turns off the faucet.2005 0:59 Uhr there.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. then strips down to her undergarments. working with fierce concentration as she: Cleans glass doors that overlook the patio and pool. Perches on a stepladder to dust a cheap-looking ceiling fan in the master bedroom. taken several years earlier at an amusement park. The Mercedes is parked in front of the Carolyn. She neatly arranges her sales materials on a desk. It reads: Another One SOLD By Buddy Kane The Real Estate King 555-0100 Carolyn frowns and slams the back of the Mercedes shut. INT. And vacuums a dirty carpet that will never be clean. INT. SALE HOUSE . wearing a smart business suit.htm Seite 10 von 89 . featuring a picture of a handsome silver-haired MAN. Doggedly scrubs countertops in the kitchen. Carolyn opens the front door. EXT. SALE HOUSE . run-down house.LATER http://www.LIVING ROOM .BATHROOM . MONTAGE: We see Carolyn. Carolyn. I will sell this house today. a box of Mercedes Her POV: In front of a different house with much more curb appeal is another SIGN.MOMENTS LATER The interior of this house is ugly.hundland. dries his hands. and a much-younger Jane. is unloading cleaning supplies and a BOOMBOX from the back of the when something across the street catches her eye. breathes deeply and solemnly announces: CAROLYN I will sell this house today. I will sell this house today. SALE HOUSE .DAY CLOSE on a wooden SIGN that reads: OPEN HOUSE TODAY BURNHAM & ASSOCIATES REALTY 555-0195 Carolyn Burnham The sign is planted in front of a RUN-DOWN HOME in a neighborhood. she keeps repeating to herself: CAROLYN I will sell this house today.6.
CAROLYN . The woman wrinkles her face. wearing her suit once more. followed by a different couple in their fifties.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.FRONT YARD . I'm Carolyn Burnham! INT. SALE HOUSE ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.LATER The front door opens to reveal Carolyn. CAROLYN (cont'd) Well.by Alan Ball 30.FOYER .2005 0:59 Uhr Carolyn stands in front of the mirror.. greeting us with the smile she thinks could sell ice to an Eskimo. late twenties. EXT. CAROLYN This living room is very dramatic. then notices a smudge on the mirror and wipes it off. CAROLYN (cont'd) A simple cream would really lighten things up. SALE HOUSE . and they've seen a lot of houses today. She stares at her reflection critically. applying lipstick. CAROLYN It's a dream come true for any cook. SALE HOUSE .LATER Carolyn stands with a different couple: African American.MASTER BEDROOM . Huh? INT. The woman is pregnant. SALE HOUSE .KITCHEN .LATER Carolyn stands by the pool next to two fortyish WOMEN.htm Seite 11 von 89 .6. You could even put in a skylight.. skeptical. SALE HOUSE . http://www. Just filled with positive energy.CONTINUOUS Smiling. Carolyn leads a man and woman into the living room. EXT. CAROLYN Welcome.LATER Carolyn enters. She says this as if it were a threat. Wait 'til you see the native stone fireplace! The man and woman glance around the dark room.and you'll be surprised how much a ceiling fan can cut down on your energy costs.BACK YARD .hundland. why don't we go into the kitchen? INT. unimpressed. They're thirtyish. CAROLYN I will sell this house today.
I think "lagoon. once again all business. CAROLYN I have some tiki torches in the garage.6.hundland." I think waterfall." There's nothing "lagoon-like" about it. alone. you could have some really fun backyard get-togethers out here. empty room. Standing very still. Solved. CAROLYN (re: shrub) What do you call this? Is this not a plant? If you have a problem with the plants. She stands there. She's furious. Suddenly she SLAPS herself.SUN ROOM .NIGHT We're at a high-school BASKETBALL GAME. with the blinds casting shadows across her face.by Alan Ball 30. Perky cheerleaders jump up and down as the CROWD goes wild. Teenage boys play a fast and furious game. I think tropical. CAROLYN (cont'd) Weak."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.htm Seite 12 von 89 . then pulls the blinds shut. leaving us alone in the dark. Except for maybe the bugs.LATER Carolyn enters. SALE HOUSE . She locks the sliding glass door and starts to pull the vertical blinds shut. WOMAN #1 The ad said this pool was "lagoon-like. hard. She SLAPS herself again. She walks out calmly.2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN You know. WOMAN #2 I mean. You. I can always call my landscape architect. INT. One team wearing pale blue and white uniforms scores a basket. Baby. Stop it. then stops. she starts to cry: brief..com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Weak! But the tears continue. staccato SOBS that seemingly escape against her will. This is a cement hole. Shut up. Shut up! Shut up! She SLAPS herself repeatedly until she stops crying. http://www. CAROLYN Shut up. A beat. taking deep breaths until she has everything under control.. WOMAN #2 There's not even any plants out here. INT. HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM . We HEAR CHEERING and APPLAUSE.
"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.by Alan Ball 30. unsure of how to respond. LESTER Growing? She hates me. I bet money she's going to resent it.hundland. Angela is strikingly beautiful. with perfect even features. They're trying to. Carolyn stares at him. you know. CAROLYN She's just willful. LESTER She hates you too. ANGELA Who are you looking for? JANE My parents are coming tonight. Why can't they just have their own lives? INT. CAROLYN Lester. INT. She doesn't want us to know how important this is to her. is a group of about twenty TEENAGE GIRLS. Jane stands and scans the bleachers. But she's been practicing her steps for weeks. At sixteen. I'm sensing a real distance growing between you and Jane. next to the high school BAND. Lester is slumped in the passenger seat. this is important. And I'm missing the James Bond marathon on TNT. JANE They're such assholes. LESTER What makes you so sure she wants us to be there? Did she ask us to come? CAROLYN Of course not. HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM . MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 .htm Seite 13 von 89 . take an active interest in me. dressed in pale blue and white uniforms. Jane sits next to ANGELA HAYES. she's the archetypal American dream girl.LATER http://www. I hate it when my mom does that.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. blonde hair and a nubile young body.2005 0:59 Uhr Seated in the bleachers.6.CONTINUOUS Carolyn drives. ANGELA Gross. Among them. LESTER Well.
. spellbound. the girls perform. fully clothed.2005 0:59 Uhr The uniformed girls now stand in formation on the gym floor. JANE Oh shit. Dancing awkwardly next to her is Angela. His POV: Angela's awkwardness gives way to a fluid grace. ANNOUNCER (over P. The light on Angela grows stronger.by Alan Ball 30. HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM ... hypnotic MUSIC.. they're still here. They're well-rehearsed. the Dancing Spartanettes strike their final pose... watching from the stands. Lester. Everything starts to SLOW DOWN. unable to take his eyes off Angela. Lester and Carolyn find seats. His POV: Angela looks directly at us now. His POV: We're focused on Angela now. Carolyn claps along with the rest of the audience. Suddenly Angela looks right at us and smiles.htm Seite 14 von 89 . and the other girls DISAPPEAR entirely. Lester leans forward in his seat. His POV: Jane performs well."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. The HIGH SCHOOL BAND plays its last note. concentrating.CONTINUOUS Angela. but too young to carry off the ambitious Vegas routine they're attempting. transfixed." On the gym floor.. is once again surrounded by the other girls. insolent smile. LESTER http://www. right? The HIGH SCHOOL BAND plays "ON BROADWAY... and the audience APPLAUDS. LESTER We can leave right after this. Rockwell High's award-winning Dancing Spartanettes! In the crowded stands. Jane and Angela come out of the gym. a lazy. and we SMASH CUT TO: INT. she pulls her uniform OPEN and a profusion of RED ROSE PETALS spill forth. dancing only for Lester.) And now. then. Lester just sits there. Lester is suddenly alone in the stands.hundland. We ZOOM slowly toward Lester as he watches.6. HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASIUM . Her movements take on a blatantly erotic edge as she starts to unzip her uniform. and "ON BROADWAY" FADES into dreamy.LATER The game is long over. Her POV: Lester and Carolyn stand at the edge of the parking lot. teasing us with an expression that's both innocent and knowing.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. for your half-time entertainment. the MUSIC acquires an eerie ECHO. picks out his daughter..A. EXT.
JANE This is my friend. we have to go.htm Seite 15 von 89 . Lester stays behind. ANGELA (warming) Thanks. honey. CAROLYN (to Angela) Nice to meet you. JANE I didn't win anything. She starts toward the parking lot. LESTER Okay. (then. You were also good tonight. Very.. I'm Lester. Janie's dad.. followed by Angela. LESTER (to Angela) Hi. LESTER Congratulations. what are you girls doing now? JANE http://www. Angela Hayes. Hi. good to meet you. precise. (to Jane) Honey. and you didn't screw up once.by Alan Ball 30.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.hundland.2005 0:59 Uhr Janie! CAROLYN Hi! I really enjoyed that! She crosses reluctantly toward her parents. ANGELA Oh. to Lester) Okay. you were great. I'm so proud of you. An awkward beat.6. I watched you very closely."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Angela. LESTER So.
Oh. aren't you."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Lester is awake and stares up at us. honey? JANE (you freak) Dad. The ROSE PETAL drifts into view. it was very nice meeting you. LESTER (cont'd) http://www.hundland.A FEW HOURS LATER CLOSE on a solitary red ROSE PETAL as it falls slowly through the air. do you need a ride? We can give you a ride. LESTER Oh really. Mom's waiting for you. grateful. aware of the power she has over him.. but I have a car.MASTER BEDROOM .6.2005 0:59 Uhr Dad. Carolyn looks determined. uh.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. friend of Janie's is a friend of mine. You wanna come with us? ANGELA Thanks. I have a car. Any. you have a car. And I think he and your mother have not had sex in a long time.. LESTER Well. ANGELA We're going out for pizza.. landing on his pillow. BURNHAM HOUSE . Angela smiles. LESTER Oh. JANE Could he be any more pathetic? ANGELA I think it's sweet.htm Seite 16 von 89 . because Janie's thinking about getting a car soon too. Angela. Even in sleep. INT. He is mesmerized. Lester waves awkwardly as he crosses off.by Alan Ball 30. I'll be seeing you around then. We're looking down on Lester and Carolyn in bed. LESTER (cont'd) Well. even. That's great! That's great. LESTER It's the weirdest thing..
We HEAR girlish LAUGHTER from inside. His POV: Angela. More ROSE PETALS fall onto the bed.by Alan Ball 30. JANE I'm sorry my dad was so weird tonight.. EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE . because there's nothing worse in life than being ordinary. ANGELA No. An awkward beat. burnished light.. It started when I was about twelve.CONTINUOUS A WHITE BMW 328si CONVERTIBLE is parked on the street outside the Burnham's house. They're passing a JOINT back and forth. I'd go out to dinner with my parents..htm Seite 17 von 89 .. Jane in the passenger seat. Lester smiles back and LAUGHS. And I still like it. still LAUGHING. Her hair fans out around her head and GLOWS with a subtle. ANGELA It's okay. http://www. Every Thursday night. LESTER (cont'd) Spec-tac-ular.hundland. Because everything that was meant to happen. She looks down at us with a smile that is all things. JANE Vomit. FLOATS above us as a deluge of ROSE PETALS falls around her. naked. I'm used to guys drooling over me. And every guy there would stare at me when I walked in. and he smiles up at.CONTINUOUS On VIDEO: Jane gets out of the car. Eventually. does.CONTINUOUS Angela is behind the wheel. I liked it. sensing our presence. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE I really think it'll happen for you. EXT. Which is great. Red Lobster. ANGELA Oh. Just like I knew guys at school thought about me when they jerked off. I know. as ROSE PETALS cover his face. Jane stares at the floor.2005 0:59 Uhr I feel like I've been in a coma for about twenty years."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. INT. and I'm just now waking up.6. She turns suddenly. ANGELA'S BMW . and waves as Angela pulls away. We ZOOM toward Jane as she walks up the driveway. And I knew what they were thinking. it means I really have a shot at being a model. If people I don't even know look at me and want to fuck me.
hard. He grabs Jane's phone and dials. Her POV: There's no sign of Ricky. closes and locks the door. turns and walks quickly toward her house.6. INT. HAYES HOUSE .JANE'S BEDROOM .CONTINUOUS Angela is sprawled across her bed. JANE Hello? INT. Jane stares at him.hundland. INT. dressed for work. on the phone. His POV. Jane turns back into the room. As usual. She quickly TURNS OFF THE LIGHT that's been left on for her. then raises his Digicam and starts to videotape her. ANGELA Why'd you call me? INTERCUT WITH JANE IN HER BEDROOM: JANE http://www. BURNHAM HOUSE .. nervous. Lester. he's dressed conservatively. unable to speak. from the bathroom.. and smiles. The front porch is shrouded in darkness. Jane emerges a towel wrapped around her torso. Irritated.. then a PORCH LIGHT abruptly reveals Ricky.by Alan Ball 30..2005 0:59 Uhr Her POV: We're looking at the COLONIAL HOUSE next door where the moving van was parked earlier.ANGELA'S BEDROOM .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.htm Seite 18 von 89 the SHOWER is and exits quickly. goes through Jane's address book. then peeks through a window. JANE Asshole. Lester hangs up A moment.THE NEXT MORNING CLOSE on an ADDRESS BOOK: A man's hand flips to the H page and then his finger stops at the name Angela Hayes. drying her picks up the PHONE.CONTINUOUS Jane enters. There is a BEEPER attached to his belt. on VIDEO: Jane. BURNHAM HOUSE .FOYER . flipping us off as she goes. turned off in the next room. her heart racing. angry and self-conscious. Suddenly. wet hair. He looks back at her curiously. then stands with the receiver to his ear."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. and his DIGICAM dangles loosely around his neck. We HEAR the SHOWER running in the adjacent bathroom. She . then the PHONE RINGS. ANGELA (over phone line) Hello? Hello? Lester is frozen.
At least ten years younger than her husband. videotaping. RICKY Be right there. BARBARA Hello."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. she's pretty in a June Cleaver-ish way. Startled.6. FITTS HOUSE .by Alan Ball 30. Ricky enters. She speaks into the phone. EXT.2005 0:59 Uhr I didn't.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE (cont'd) Oh.CONTINUOUS On VIDEO: We're across from Jane's WINDOW. Jane picks up the address book. Then Jane notices her address book open to the H page.C. remember? BARBARA (unnerved) http://www. BURNHAM HOUSE . gross.KITCHEN . but we can't hear her. ANGELA Well. As she attempts to serve him bacon: RICKY I don't eat bacon. looking in. Barbara turns to him.RICKY'S BEDROOM . RICKY Mom. The Colonel sits at a dinette reading The Wall Street Journal. He lowers his Digicam. WOMAN'S VOICE (O. her eyes focused elsewhere. but his eyes remain locked on Jane across the way. INT.CONTINUOUS Ricky stands at his window. FITTS HOUSE . JANE I was in the shower.htm Seite 19 von 89 . frowning.) (sing song) Rick-y! Break-fast! INT. flipping bacon strips mechanically.hundland. my phone just rang and I answered it and somebody hung up and then I star sixty-nined and it called you back.MOMENTS LATER BARBARA FITTS stands at the stove.
JIM #1 (cont'd) (offers his hand) Jim Olmeyer. COLONEL (cont'd) Are you expecting anyone? BARBARA No. Dad? COLONEL This country is going straight to hell.FOYER .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.MOMENTS LATER The Colonel opens the front door to reveal the two JIMS.hundland."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. A DOORBELL rings. You just drop it in the water and it's done. vegetables and a small white cardboard box tied with raffia. JIM #1 It's unbelievably fresh. Ricky serves himself scrambled eggs from another pan. JIM #1 Just a little something from our garden. JIM #2 Welcome to the neighborhood. Welcome to the neighborhood. we got that at Fallaci's.2005 0:59 Uhr I'm sorry. alarmed. The Colonel and Barbara look at each other. FITTS HOUSE .6. RICKY What's new in the world. Two doors down. http://www. JIM #1 Hi. JIM #2 Except for the pasta. a little puffed up. (thinks) No.htm Seite 20 von 89 . Jim #1 holds out a basket filled with flowers. I must have forgotten.by Alan Ball 30. The Colonel heads toward the living room. INT. suspicious. The Colonel stares at them. then joins his father at the table.
staring darkly at the road ahead. then back at the Colonel. Then it dawns on him. but people call me J. yeah. A beat. he's a tax attorney. Marine Corps. So what's your business? The Jims look at each other. JIM #2 And he's an anesthesiologist.2005 0:59 Uhr COLONEL (shakes) Colonel Frank Fitts. Dad. confused. before he realizes http://www.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.. JIM #2 (offers his hand) Jim Berkley. JIM #1 Well.hundland.by Alan Ball 30. In the passenger seat. okay? What are you guys selling? JIM #2 (after a beat) Nothing. INT. U. The Colonel looks at them. as Ricky continues his calculations. COLONEL Well. The Colonel looks at Ricky sharply.."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.htm Seite 21 von 89 . They don't feel like it's anything to be ashamed of. We just wanted to say hi to our new neighbors-COLONEL Yeah. COLONEL Let's cut to the chase. JIM #1 Nice to meet you. And this is my partner. COLONEL'S FORD EXPLORER . it is.S.LATER The Colonel drives. But you said you're partners.B.6. COLONEL How come these faggots always have to rub it in your face? How can they be so shameless? RICKY That's the whole thing. yeah. Ricky is using a CALCULATOR and jotting numbers down in a NOTEBOOK.
It was kind of cool. COLONEL Don't placate me like I'm your mother. Ricky goes back to his calculations. Case closed."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. That's how things really are. because you're this pampered little suburban chick. TEENAGE GIRL #1 Gross. He is a really well-known photographer? He shoots for Elle on like. Happy.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. ANGELA Hey. COLONEL Me too. http://www. like. Me too. did you do it with him? ANGELA Of course I did. but those fags make me want to puke my fucking guts out.2005 0:59 Uhr a response is expected from him. TEENAGE GIRL #2 You are a total prostitute.htm Seite 22 von 89 . he just pulled down his pants and yanked it out. sir. You just don't know. HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS . ANGELA It wasn't gross. say hello to Mr. Then: RICKY Yeah. Under the column "Income" he writes in swift.by Alan Ball 30. you're right. The Colonel is taken aback but quickly covers. a regular basis? It would have been so majorly stupid of me to turn him down. You know. ANGELA I'm serious. then looks at his father. RICKY Forgive me. EXT.A SHORT TIME LATER Jane and Angela are standing with two other TEENAGE GIRLS. boy. The Colonel's eyes flash angrily. for speaking so bluntly.00.hundland. TEENAGE GIRL #1 So. Ricky sighs. son.950.6. bold strokes: $24. CLOSE on the pencil in his hands: He's totaling two columns of NUMBERS.
No way.htm Seite 23 von 89 . ANGELA Him? Jane. then her mouth widens into a smile. The Colonel's Ford Explorer pulls up. You want to have like. He's a total lunatic. they can't put you away just for saying weird things. and you looked fat. JANE Why? What did he do? ANGELA What do you mean? JANE Well. And then. he was just like. Angela stares at Jane. JANE What? Please."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. weird things. ANGELA You total slut. The two TEENAGE GIRLS move away from Jane and Angela. You've got a crush on him.6. ANGELA (calling off) Cunt! (then) I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me.by Alan Ball 30. JANE Oh my God.hundland. Connie Cardullo told me he his parents had to put him in a mental institution. ANGELA You were defending him! You love him.2005 0:59 Uhr TEENAGE GIRL #2 So are you. gone. and Ricky gets out. That's the pervert who filmed me last night. You've only been in Seventeen once. JANE You know him? ANGELA Yeah. http://www. and then one day. We were on the same lunch shift when I was in ninth grade. ten thousand of his babies.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. and he would always say the most random. so stop acting like you're goddamn Christy Turlington.
com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Angela shoots a wide-eyed look at Jane. JANE I know. RICKY Hey. enjoying the show. watching television.by Alan Ball 30. My name's Ricky. I kinda remember this really creepy incident when you were filming me last night? RICKY I didn't mean to scare you.6.THAT NIGHT CLOSE on a TV SCREEN: "Hogan's Heroes" on Nick at Nite. his eyes searching hers."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. and watches TV along with them. And why does he dress like a Bible salesman? JANE He's like. INT. RICKY I'm not obsessing. who ignores it. ANGELA I don't believe him. We HEAR a door opening elsewhere in the house.htm Seite 24 von 89 . Ricky smiles and walks off.2005 0:59 Uhr JANE Shut up.hundland. I just moved next door to you. next to his father. He sits on the couch. JANE Thanks. but I really don't need to have some psycho obsessing about me right now. The Colonel and Barbara are seated on a couch. He looks at her intently. Jane is unnerved and has to look away. I just think you're interesting. FITTS HOUSE . and Ricky enters. The Colonel's smile fades. ANGELA What a freak. The Colonel CHUCKLES at a joke and startles her. BARBARA (out of the blue) http://www. look at me once. he didn't even like.DEN . so confident. Jane suddenly finds Ricky standing in front of her. I mean. Barbara just stares. RICKY Hi. That can't be real. The Colonel is smiling. I'm just curious.
htm Seite 25 von 89 . INT. like strangers in an airport. CAROLYN (spots someone) Hi. Nobody said anything. Shirley! (to Lester) Listen. BARBARA Oh. CAROLYN Now listen to me. chatting. As you know.hundland.by Alan Ball 30. Carolyn's jaw tightens.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. And part of my job is to live that image-LESTER Just say whatever you want to say and spare me the propaganda. Act happy tonight? LESTER (grins stupidly) I am happy.6. well-dressed real estate professionals stand in clumps. I'm sorry. We FOLLOW THEM as they pass a SIGN that reads: GREATER ROCKWELL REALTOR RESOURCES GROUP CAROLYN --everyone here is with their spouse or their significant other. what? RICKY Mom. honey. How would it look if I showed up with no one? LESTER Well. then: CAROLYN (spots someone) http://www. This is an important business function. you always end up ignoring me and going off-Inside the ballroom. HOTEL BALLROOM .NIGHT We HEAR MUSIC under a room full of people all talking at once. my business is selling an image. just do me a favor. as Lester and Carolyn enter a hotel ballroom. Catering waiters serve hors d'eouvres."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. The three of them stare at the TV.2005 0:59 Uhr I'm sorry.
CAROLYN (forced gaiety) Honey. Or the Christmas thing at the Sheraton.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Lester-BUDDY (shakes Lester's hand) It's a pleasure. CAROLYN My husband. LESTER It's okay. How are you? CAROLYN Very well. http://www. BUDDY It's so good to see you too. we've met before. I wouldn't remember me either. BUDDY Oh. BUDDY Carolyn! Of course. Carolyn quickly joins in. We recognize the Man as BUDDY KANE.2005 0:59 Uhr Oh! Buddy! She drags Lester toward a silver-haired MAN and his much younger WIFE. He LAUGHS. actually. The Real Estate King. CAROLYN (cont'd) (shakes Buddy's hand) Buddy! Buddy.htm Seite 26 von 89 . Don't be weird. yes. Hi! Good to see you again. thank you. A little too loudly. (to his wife) Hello.by Alan Ball 30. Catherine."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. CHRISTY Hello.6. Christy.hundland. LESTER Oh. This thing last year. CAROLYN Carolyn.
MOMENTS LATER Lester stands at the bar. The bartender complies. Carolyn. LESTER Well. I just moved into the house next to you. LESTER (cont'd) We have a very healthy relationship. LESTER http://www. only it's never pissed him off as much as it does right now. RICKY Excuse me. Put a little more in there. wearing a waiter's uniform.hundland.htm Seite 27 von 89 . I don't know about you. He knows this persona well. LAUGHING too loud at their jokes. INT.by Alan Ball 30. warm kiss that speaks unmistakably of sex--then turns to the others and grins. I won't be weird. (his face close to hers) I'll be whatever you want me to be. BUDDY I see. but I need a drink. LESTER All right. Lester shakes his head. cowboy. Lester takes his drink and turns to face the center of the room.6.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. She's on: smiling. Don't you live on Robin Hood Trail? The house with the red door? LESTER (suspicious) Yeah. LESTER Whoa. RICKY I'm Ricky Fitts.2005 0:59 Uhr She smiles her most winning smile at him. Ricky approaches him. carrying a tray of empty glasses. animated."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. His POV: Carolyn is talking to Buddy and Christy. Carolyn's smile is frozen on her face. A bartender pours him a drink. Buddy and Christy watch him go. And he kisses her--a soft. honey. HOTEL BALLROOM . He crosses off.
Ricky Fitts. is very intimidating."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Thank you. Carolyn is nervous. CAROLYN (shocked) Really? BUDDY Absolutely.LATER Ricky and Lester stand next to a dumpster behind the service entrance to the hotel. I mean. Finally Lester turns back to Ricky: what does this kid want? RICKY (cont'd) Do you party? LESTER Excuse me? RICKY Do you get high? Lester's surprised.. http://www.. hands down. Ricky just stands there. Hi.. the Rolls Royce of local Real Estate firms. BUDDY I'd love to. I am in complete awe of you. smoking a JOINT. I'd love to sit down with you and just pick your brain. CAROLYN I'll do that. HOTEL . CAROLYN You know. hey.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Lester looks away.MOMENTS LATER Carolyn and Buddy are deep in conversation. EXT.2005 0:59 Uhr Oh. Christy has wandered off. Lester Burnham. RICKY Hi. I suppose. I don't flatter myself that I'm even in the same league as you. INT.. if you'd ever be willing.. I'm the "competition. I probably wouldn't even tell you this if I weren't a little tipsy. but. your firm is.htm Seite 28 von 89 . but instantly intrigued.. They look at each other for a beat." but. is. and your personal sales record is.hundland. A beat. You know. This situation is loaded and they both know it. HOTEL BALLROOM . I'm Lester Burnham. then look away.6. I mean. scans the crowd. watching him. Call my secretary and have her schedule a lunch. Buddy seems amused. technically. then downs the rest of his drink in one gulp.by Alan Ball 30.
.hundland. So don't pay me. CATERING BOSS (to Ricky) Look. He goes back inside.6. So you don't have to pay me. I have other sources of income.. suspiciously) . LESTER I think you just became my personal hero.did you ever see that movie. Lester quickly hides the joint behind his back. CATERING BOSS Excuse me? RICKY I quit.. Now. CATERING BOSS Asshole.do whatever it is you're doing out here. the service entrance opens. who shrugs. (then) Doesn't that make you nervous. I guess when you're all of. just quitting your job like that? Well.2005 0:59 Uhr LESTER . where the body's walking around holding its own head? And then the head goes down on that babe? RICKY Re-Animator. what? Sixteen? RICKY Eighteen.htm Seite 29 von 89 .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Ricky hides the joint. http://www. RICKY Fine.C. Suddenly. and a large CATERING BOSS in a cheap suit peers out at them. CAROLYN (O."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Lester looks at Ricky...by Alan Ball 30. I'm not paying you to. leave me alone.. (then) I just do these gigs as a cover. But my dad interferes less in my life when I pretend to be an upstanding young citizen with a respectable job. (eyes Lester.) Lester? Carolyn is standing in the open service entrance.
this is."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. to Lester) I'm ready to go. let's go up to my room. BURNHAM HOUSE . Jane. Thanks for the. LESTER With Jane? Really? RICKY Yeah. RICKY Any time. (laughs) Ricky Fitts. you know where I live. Quick. LESTER Uh-oh.hundland.FAMILY ROOM .6. RICKY I'm Ricky Fitts.2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN (cont'd) What are you doing? LESTER Honey. I just moved in the house next to you. shit. http://www. Lester goes inside. They're home. Jane switches off the TV. If you want any more. We HEAR the back door open. INT. CAROLYN Hi..com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. thing. This is Ricky Fitts.by Alan Ball 30. I'm in trouble. And she goes back inside.. (then. ANGELA I should say hi to your dad. uh.LATER Jane and Angela are watching MTV. Nice meeting you. Ricky Fitts. JANE Oh.htm Seite 30 von 89 . RICKY (cont'd) (calls after him) Lester. I go to school with your daughter. I'll meet you out front.
"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. ANGELA I love root beer. She starts toward him. hollow ECHO. ANGELA (O. BURNHAM HOUSE . He sees it coming. He turns. (spots something) Ooh.6. CLOSE on Lester: his eyes narrow slightly. BACK IN REAL TIME: She grabs the root beer and smiles at him. and is instantly transfixed by: His POV: Angela leans against the counter.KITCHEN . Carolyn enters from the dining room... Lester snaps out of it and grabs a root beer from the refrigerator..by Alan Ball 30.CONTINUOUS Lester enters and opens the refrigerator. INT. then: He cups her face in his hands and kisses her.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.2005 0:59 Uhr (off Jane's look) I don't want to be rude. http://www. Jane doesn't like this. still lost in fantasy.hundland. He breaks the kiss.C. feeling incredibly awkward in her own home. she moves to place her other hand casually on Lester's shoulder. ANGELA (cont'd) You're looking good. She seems shocked. looking at her in awe.htm Seite 31 von 89 . ANGELA (cont'd) Last time I saw you. twirling her hair.) Nice suit. Lester stands by the refrigerator. drinking the root beer.. then he reaches up and touches his lips. is that root beer? She reaches inside the refrigerator to grab a bottle. Mr. but doesn't resist as he pulls her toward him with surprising strength. We HEAR only the amplified BRUSH of her fingers against the fabric of his suit. you looked kind of wound up. and its unnatural. BURNHAM HOUSE . and all sound FADES.CONTINUOUS Angela is back against the counter. EXTREME CLOSE UP on her hand as it briefly touches his shoulder in SLOW MOTION. As she does. gazing at her. His eyes widen as he pulls a ROSE PETAL from his mouth right before we SMASH CUT TO: INT. Burnham.KITCHEN . Everything SLOWS DOWN. She starts toward the kitchen. don't you? Jane watches from the doorway to the family room.
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JANE Mom, you remember Angela. CAROLYN (her sales smile) Yes, of course! JANE I forgot to tell you, she's spending the night. Is that okay? LESTER Sure! He takes a sip of his root beer, but it goes down the wrong way and he starts COUGHING violently. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - JANE'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT Angela lays on the bed, in bra and panties, reading a magazine. Jane, in an oversized T shirt, plays a video game on her computer. JANE I'm sorry about my dad. ANGELA Don't be. I think it's funny. JANE Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me... he's just too embarrassing to live. ANGELA Your mom's the one who's embarrassing. What a phony. Jane glances at Angela, irritated. ANGELA (cont'd) Your dad's actually kind of cute. JANE Shut up. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS Lester, still in his suit, stands outside Jane's room, his ear up against the door. He can't believe what he's hearing. ANGELA (O.C.) He is. If he just worked out a little, he'd be hot. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - JANE'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS
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JANE Shut up. ANGELA Oh, come on. Like you've never sneaked a peek at him in his underwear? I bet he's got a big dick. JANE You are so grossing me out right now. ANGELA (really enjoying this) If he built up his chest and arms, I would totally fuck him. Jane covers her ears and starts SINGING to drown her out. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS Lester, still listening, looks like he's about to implode. ANGELA (O.C.) (laughs) I would! I would suck your dad's big fat dick, and then I would fuck him 'til his eyes rolled back in his head! (then) What was that noise? Jane. Jane's SINGING stops. ANGELA (O.C.) (cont'd) I swear I heard something. Panicked, Lester scurries down the hall. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - JANE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS JANE Yeah, it was the sound of you being a huge disgusting pig. ANGELA I'm serious. We HEAR the sharp TAP of a penny being thrown against glass. ANGELA (cont'd) See? Angela crosses to the window and looks out. ANGELA (cont'd) (spots something)
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Oh my God. Jane. EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE - CONTINUOUS We see Angela standing at the window in her underwear, looking down at us. Jane joins her and is immediately unnerved by: Their POV: In the Burnham's DRIVEWAY, the word "JANE" is spelled out in FIRE. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - JANE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS ANGELA It's that psycho next door. Jane, what if he worships you? What if he's got a shrine with pictures of you surrounded by dead people's heads and stuff? JANE Shit. I bet he's filming us right now. ANGELA (intrigued) Really? EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE - CONTINUOUS On VIDEO: We're across from Jane's window, looking in. Jane tries to shut the drapes, but Angela won't let her. Irritated, Jane retreats into the room. We ZOOM toward her, even as Angela poses in the window; we're clearly not interested in Angela. The ZOOM continues, searching for Jane, who has disappeared. Finally, we settle on the small make-up MIRROR where we see a REFLECTION of Jane, back at her computer. She's smiling. Then suddenly the DRAPES CLOSE and she's gone. INT. FITTS HOUSE - RICKY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Ricky sits in darkness with his DIGICAM, videotaping. He lowers the camera and smiles... then something below catches his attention. He leans out the window to get a better look at: EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE - GARAGE - CONTINUOUS Ricky's POV: Through a WINDOW on the side of the Burnham's GARAGE DOOR, we see Lester, still in his suit, digging through shelves against the back wall. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - GARAGE - CONTINUOUS Lester digs through stuff stored on the shelves, searching for something as if his very life depended on it. LESTER Shit. Shit! He yanks aside COLLEGE YEARBOOKS, a racquetball RACQUET, boxes of old HOT ROD MAGAZINES, an unopened remote-controlled MODEL JEEP KIT, stacks of old vinyl LPs... finally his face lights up when he finds: A pair of DUMBBELLS obviously unused for many years.
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Lester rips off his jacket and tie and unbuttons his shirt. He glances around, finding his REFLECTION in the WINDOW as he pulls off his shirt, then the T-shirt underneath. He eyes himself critically: Angela was right, he's not in bad shape. Just a few extra pounds around his middle that wouldn't be hard to shed. He kicks off his shoes and begins to step out of his pants. INT. FITTS HOUSE - RICKY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Ricky holds his Digicam up and starts to videotape. EXT. BURNHAM HOUSE - GARAGE - CONTINUOUS Ricky's POV, on VIDEO: Through a WINDOW on the side of the Burnham's garage, we see Lester step out of his pants and briefs. Then, naked except for his black socks, he grabs the dumbbells and starts lifting them, watching his reflection in the window as he does. INT. FITTS HOUSE - RICKY'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS Ricky stands at the window, videotaping. RICKY Welcome to America's Weirdest Home Videos. Suddenly we HEAR someone trying to open a locked door. COLONEL (O.C.) Ricky! Moving swiftly, Ricky pulls the drapes shut and switches on a light. His room is a haven of high-tech. A state-of-the-art multimedia COMPUTER crowds his desk, and high-end STEREO and VIDEO EQUIPMENT line the shelves, as well as HUNDREDS OF CDs. There is easily twenty thousand dollars worth of equipment in this room. RICKY Coming, Dad. COLONEL (O.C.) You know I don't like locked doors in my house, boy. Ricky opens the door. The Colonel stands outside, eyeing him. RICKY I'm sorry, I must have locked it by accident. So what's up? The Colonel holds out a small PLASTIC CUP WITH A CAP. COLONEL I need a urine sample. RICKY Wow. It's been six months already. Can I give it to you in the morning? I just took a whiz.
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COLONEL Yeah, I suppose. (an awkward beat) Well. Good night, son. He disappears down the hall. Ricky smiles, shuts and locks his door. He puts the plastic cup on the shelf, then crosses to a MINI REFRIGERATOR in the corner of his room and takes out a cup-sized TUPPERWARE CONTAINER from the freezer, already filled with urine, albeit frozen, and places it on a saucer to thaw overnight. INT BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT Carolyn lies sleeping. Lester is awake, staring at the ceiling. After a moment, he gets up, taking care not to disturb Carolyn, and walks toward the bathroom. INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BATH - CONTINUOUS Lester enters and switches on the LIGHT. The room is filled with STEAM. Lester looks around, confused, then focuses on: His POV: Across from us, in a PEDESTAL BATHTUB, is Angela. She smiles and beckons us, and we MOVE CLOSER. ROSE PETALS float on the surface of the water, obscuring her naked body. ANGELA I've been waiting for you. Lester kneels by the bathtub like a man in church. ANGELA (cont'd) You've been working out, haven't you? I can tell. She arches her back and looks up at him provocatively. ANGELA (cont'd) I was hoping you'd give me a bath... I'm very, very dirty. Lester gives her a hard look, then slowly slips his hand into the water between her legs. Her eyes widen and she throws her head back... and we SMASH CUT TO: INT. BURNHAM HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS CLOSE on Carolyn, her eyes wide, listening to the rhythmic BRUSH of Lester's hand as he masturbates under the covers. She flips over and faces him. CAROLYN What are you doing? A beat. LESTER Nothing.
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LESTER This hasn't been a marriage for years. LESTER I was not. CAROLYN That's disgusting. LESTER All right. LESTER Well. CAROLYN Yes. come on. You think you're the only one who's sexually frustrated? LESTER I'm not? Well then.hundland.2005 0:59 Uhr Carolyn switches on the bedside LIGHT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. you were. but I still have blood pumping through my veins! CAROLYN So do I! LESTER Really? I'm the only one who seems to be doing anything about it. so shoot me. And the new me whacks off when he feels horny. CAROLYN Oh."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. trying to look innocent. I see. He turns to her. I was choking the bishop. CAROLYN You were masturbating. Well. baby! I'm ready. CAROLYN Lester. Lester LAUGHS. because you're obviously not going to help me out in that department. excuse me. guess what? I've changed. LESTER (cont'd) That's right. I was whacking off. Shaving the carrot.by Alan Ball 30. repelled. Carolyn gets out of bed.6. Saying hi to my monster. I refuse to live like this. http://www. then gives up.htm Seite 37 von 89 . This is not a marriage. But you were happy as long as I kept my mouth shut.
But.by Alan Ball 30. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL .CONTINUOUS We're now at street level. it feels good to win for a change. as Lester runs INTO FRAME. the Jims turn back in perfect unison. LESTER (cont'd) Turn out the light when you come to bed. LESTER (panting) Well.6. then the three men run together in the early morning light. stunned. And some people might think that entitles me to half of what's yours. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. FOLLOWING the two Jims.htm Seite 38 von 89 .EARLY MORNING We're FLYING high above the neighborhood. okay? CLOSE on Lester. I don't mistreat you. and likes it. Below us we see the two Jims.2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN (furious) Do not mess with me. The Jims slow down until he catches up. EXT. I don't fuck other women.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JIM #1 Good for you. or even tried to touch you since you made it so abundantly clear just how unnecessary you consider me to be. wearing a baggy sweatshirt and a pair of faded old sweatpants. or I will divorce you so fast it'll make your head spin! LESTER On what grounds? I'm not a drunk. I just started. LESTER It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. He curls up under the covers contentedly. She sinks into a chair. mister. smiling. jogging. He sees this. LESTER Hey! You guys! Still running. It's clear he knows where she's most vulnerable.hundland. JIM #2 Lester. EXT. LESTER http://www. We APPROACH them steadily. I've never hit you. I did support you while you got your license. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about. I didn't know you ran.
I was thinking about the.. grinning."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. The Colonel stands. I live next door. The Colonel doesn't think it's funny. Ricky.. Lester Burnham.by Alan Ball 30. when something Catches his eye: His POV: Lester and the Jims jog down the street.6. An awkward beat. uh. the movie we talked about. LESTER (cont'd) Sorry. LESTER Hey! Yo! Ricky! (re: the Jims) My entire life is passing before my eyes.hundland. Welcome to the neighborhood. He salutes the Colonel good-naturedly. We haven't met. I need to shape up. holding the URINE SAMPLE in front of him. COLONEL (shakes) COLONEL Frank Fitts. hi. panting. He grabs hold of his knees and bends over. RICKY http://www. FITTS HOUSE . LESTER (cont'd) So. I was gonna.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.S. He LAUGHS.htm Seite 39 von 89 .A SHORT TIME LATER The Colonel is washing his Ford Explorer. out of breath. Marine Corps.. Fast. are you just looking to lose weight. as Ricky comes out of the house. or do you want have increased strength and flexibility as well? LESTER I want to look good naked. squatting to scrub the bumper. uh. JIM #1 Well. sir.. EXT. and extends his hand to the Colonel..2005 0:59 Uhr I figured you guys might be able to give me some pointers. and those two have barely broken a sweat. COLONEL What is this. U. LESTER Whoa.. scowling. the fucking gay pride parade? Lester breaks off from the two Jims and jogs up to Ricky and the Colonel.
Lester picks up a CD case from a shelf and examines it.MOMENTS LATER Ricky enters. LESTER (re: urine sample) What is this? RICKY Urine. then locks the door. RICKY I don't think my dad would try to come in when somebody else is here.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. RICKY Can you hold this for a sec? LESTER Sure. He heads into the house. One of my clients is a nurse in a pediatrician's office. then follows him. He takes clothing out and piles it on his bed. she keeps me in clean piss. it's up in my room.htm Seite 40 von 89 ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.6. LESTER Are you kidding? You just smoked with me last night. FITTS HOUSE . He gives the URINE SPECIMEN to Lester.by Alan Ball 30.2005 0:59 Uhr (quickly) Re-Animator. followed by Lester. I cut her a deal.RICKY'S BEDROOM . The Colonel watches them go. but you never know. his eyes dark. INT. Ricky crosses to a bureau and opens a DRAWER.hundland. RICKY It's not mine. LESTER Yeah! RICKY You want to borrow it? (before Lester can answer) Okay. Lester waves at the Colonel. LESTER You like Pink Floyd? http://www. Come on. I have to take a drug test every six months to make sure I'm clean.
RICKY You don't have to pay now. How much is an ounce? RICKY (indicates bag) Well. having emptied the drawer. Ricky."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. It's called G-13. Extremely potent. He shakes his head.2005 0:59 Uhr RICKY I like a lot of music. this is totally decent. LESTER http://www.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. it's been a while.6. no paranoia. tightly packed in ZIP-LOC BAGS. revealing rows of MARIJUANA. LESTER Man. LESTER Jesus. and it's three hundred. now removes a FALSE BOTTOM. LESTER Wow. I haven't listened to this album in years.S. then puts the CD case down. I know you're good for it. Government. But a completely mellow high.hundland. LESTER Is that what we smoked last night? RICKY This is all I ever smoke.by Alan Ball 30. RICKY How much do you want? LESTER I don't know. A beat. LESTER How much? RICKY Two grand. RICKY (indicates another bag) But this shit is top of the line. Genetically engineered by the U. Things have changed since 1973.htm Seite 41 von 89 .
She peers through the window. RICKY That sucks. carrying a basket of fresh cut ROSES. RICKY My dad thinks I pay for all this with catering jobs. EXT. it was great. in a T-shirt and gym shorts.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. the GARAGE DOOR suddenly starts to open. LESTER (looks around room) Well. and the remote-controlled MODEL JEEP KIT is spread across a card table. doing bench presses with shiny new BARBELLS. I flipped burgers all summer just to be able to buy an eight track.. Carolyn stops and SNIFFS the air.CONTINUOUS ROCK MUSIC blasts from a new BOOMBOX on the floor. straining.2005 0:59 Uhr Thanks. (smiles) I had my whole life ahead of me. BURNHAM HOUSE .htm Seite 42 von 89 . All I did was party and get laid. Lester finishes his last rep. An ugly but comfortable 70's BOWL CHAIR has been pulled out and cleaned off. GARAGE . From inside the garage. RICKY (hands him a bag) There's a card in there with my beeper number.hundland. we HEAR ROCK MUSIC. LESTER No actually. INT. Lester smiles. lies on a new WEIGHT BENCH. now I know how you can afford all this equipment. squinting at: http://www."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.LATER Carolyn. This kid's cool. Her POV: Lester..by Alan Ball 30. And I only accept cash. When I was your age. then puts the weights in their rack and sits up. leaving a blank wall on which now hangs a DART BOARD. call me anytime day or night. (off Lester's look) Never underestimate the power of denial. As he takes a drag off a joint. his old hot rod magazines strewn across it. passes by the GARAGE WINDOW. The garage is in the process of becoming Lester's sanctuary. Lester looks up.6. The SHELVES that Lester tore through earlier have been dismantled. frowning.
my job consists of basically masking my contempt for the assholes in charge. CAROLYN (hostile) Lester.hundland. at least once a day. suggestively) Unless you want to spot me. You can be sure of that! And she's gone."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. and then I'm going to do my back. while I fantasize about a life http://www.. You have such hostility in you! LESTER Do you mind? I'm trying to work out here.grubbing freak. mom's mad.DAY Brad is seated behind his desk. BRAD (reads) ". smiling. you bloodless. I'm going to wail on my pecs. (then. LESTER Uh-oh.. I think using illegal psychotropic substances is a very positive example to set for our daughter. CAROLYN I see you're smoking pot now. retiring to the men's room so I can jerk off. Lester leans back on the bench and grabs the weights. silhouetted against the bright sunlight outside. INT. You. and. CAROLYN You will not get away with this. Lester sits across from him. LESTER You're one to talk.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER (as he lifts) That's. I'm so glad. pointing a REMOTE at us. CAROLYN What the hell do you think you're doing? LESTER Bench presses.htm Seite 43 von 89 . Think. BRAD'S OFFICE . What.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. money.6. reading a document.2005 0:59 Uhr His POV: The door raises to reveal Carolyn.
2005 0:59 Uhr that doesn't so closely resemble hell. Not to mention. And I'm sure that some of our advertisers and rival publications might like to know about it as well. LESTER (cont'd) http://www. Management wants you gone by the end of the day. Brad sighs. BRAD Whatever. LESTER (laughs) Brad. Brad stops laughing.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER (cont'd) Which I'm sure would interest the I.hundland.6. since it technically constitutes fraud. LESTER Well. what do you say I throw in a little sexual harassment charge to boot? Brad LAUGHS.R. just what sort of severance package is "management" prepared to offer me? Considering the information I have about our editorial director buying pussy with company money. with benefits. A beat." (looks up at Lester) Well. BRAD Against who? LESTER Against you. you obviously have no interest in saving yourself. for fourteen years I've been a whore for the advertising industry. BRAD What do you want? LESTER One year's salary. The only way I could save myself now is if I start firebombing.S.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. LESTER Well. Craig's wife.htm Seite 44 von 89 ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. BRAD That's not going to happen..
BUDDY I'm so sorry I kept you waiting. We are splitting up. his belongings in a box on his shoulder. Carolyn immediately becomes warm and gracious. OFFICE BUILDING .htm Seite 45 von 89 .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. INT. CAROLYN Buddy. He's happier than he's been in years.by Alan Ball 30. Buddy Kane. LESTER (standing) Nope. CAROLYN Buddy.2005 0:59 Uhr Can you prove you didn't offer to save my job if I'd let you blow me? Brad leans back in his chair. You are one twisted fuck. (off Carolyn's look) Yes. BRAD Man. LESTER Yeah! INT."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. studying Lester. joins her.6. let's just say things were very hectic around the house. the Real Estate King. Carolyn smiles. RESTAURANT . Christy left for New York this morning.LATER THAT DAY Carolyn sits at a table.MOMENTS LATER Exhilarated. I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose. BUDDY Carolyn.. There are two menus on the table. I'm so sorry. and. lost in thought. CAROLYN What's she doing in New York? BUDDY She's moving there. BUDDY (bitterly) http://www.hundland. Lester walks down a corridor. After a moment. genuinely touched that he remembers her name..
one must project an image of success. On VIDEO: A DEAD BIRD lays on the ground. He smiles. Well. then opens his menu. she certainly knew how to take advantage of the lifestyle my success afforded her. BUDDY Well. ANGELA Why? RICKY (O. Wow. mental boy. decomposing."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. laughing) Ah.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.) I was filming this dead bird. As if being driven to succeed is some sort of character flaw. HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS . you seemed perfectly happy. RICKY (O.C. like a fervent Christian who's just come face to face with Jesus. enraptured.htm Seite 46 von 89 . I'm too focused on my career.) Hi. trying not to laugh.) What are you doing? On VIDEO: The camera JERKS up to discover Jane and Angela staring at us.2005 0:59 Uhr Yes. ANGELA (O. EXT. JANE (uncomfortable) http://www. ANGELA I think maybe you forgot your medication today. Jane. On VIDEO: She falls out of frame as we ZOOM toward Jane. (then.hundland.C.LATER THAT DAY Ricky stands with his DIGICAM. but it is my philosophy that in order to be successful. On VIDEO: Angela looks at Jane.6. Oh.C. videotaping something on the ground at his feet.by Alan Ball 30. call me crazy. it's for the best. RICKY (O. according to her.) Because it's beautiful.C. at all times. but continues to stare at him. Carolyn picks hers up mechanically. CAROLYN When I saw you two at the party the other night.
But thanks. RICKY Okay. Angela stops and stares at her.2005 0:59 Uhr Look. He looks at her. I'll walk. almost a mile. see? He doesn't want to go anyway. (to Jane) This is boring. ANGELA What? Jane.hundland. let's go. Let's go.LATER THAT DAY Carolyn's Mercedes is parked next to a JAGUAR CONVERTIBLE with a VANITY LICENSE PLATE that reads "R E KING.by Alan Ball 30." INT. TOP HAT MOTEL ."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. EXT. RICKY It's okay. I want you to stop filming me. JANE (to Ricky) Do you need a ride? ANGELA (to Jane) Are you crazy? I don't want to end up hacked to pieces in a dumpster somewhere. but Jane doesn't follow. that's like.htm Seite 47 von 89 . Ricky lowers the Digicam. TOP HAT MOTEL . ANGELA Well. ANGELA Yeah. curious.6.CONTINUOUS Carolyn and Buddy are in the middle of sex. too.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. She doesn't look away. Angela starts off. then: JANE (calls off to Angela) I think I'm going to walk. Ricky smiles at her. CAROLYN http://www. She almost smiles back. his eyes searching hers. whatever. C'mon.
6.. STAY AWAY FROM ME. LESTER Uh.CONTINUOUS Lester continues singing along to "AMERICAN WOMAN....C... EXT. LESTER AMERICAN WOMAN.2005 0:59 Uhr Yes! Oh.LATER THAT DAY Lester's TOYOTA CAMRY cruises through the streets. INT.. We hear Lester SINGING along to "AMERICAN WOMAN" on the STEREO.htm Seite 48 von 89 .... (reading menu) I'll have a Big Barn Burger.) Please drive up to the window. and an orange soda. DRIVE-THRU GIRL (O. SMILEY'S . TOYOTA CAMRY . DRIVE-THRU GIRL (cont'd) http://www."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. God! I love it! BUDDY You like getting nailed by the king? CAROLYN Oh yes! I love it! Fuck me. STREET . He pulls the car around to the WINDOW. Smiley fries. Smiley's.C. thank you. But thank you. your majesty! EXT. smoking a joint.) (over speaker box) Smile you're at Mr.CONTINUOUS Lester is driving. MR. LESTER What? DRIVE-THRU GIRL (O. MAMA LET ME BE." as the Camry pulls into the parking lot of a FAST FOOD RESTAURANT. AMERICAN WOMAN. Lester pulls up to the drive-thru speaker box. no. where a teenage GIRL wearing a headset is waiting.hundland. DON'T COME A HANGIN' AROUND MY DOOR. DRIVE-THRU GIRL (O.by Alan Ball 30. I DON'T WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE NO MORE.) Would you like to try our new bacon and egg fajita just a dollar twenty-nine for a limited time only. Lester turns down the volume on the stereo.C.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.
baffled. MR.hundland. but surely you have some sort of training process. CAROLYN That was exactly what I needed.LATER THAT DAY Carolyn and Buddy are in bed. you're at Mr. it's just for counter. Lester pays her. that'll be four eighty-nine.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.. I'd like to fill out an application. The royal treatment. LESTER Well. CAROLYN (cont'd) http://www. He looks over Lester's application. I'm sure there have been amazing technological advances in the industry.htm Seite 49 von 89 . MANAGER I don't think you'd fit in here. They laugh. so to speak. As she hands him his food. post-sex. Smiley's. No. INT.6. MANAGER Yeah. The Manager sighs and runs a hand through his greasy hair. TOP HAT MOTEL . actually. please.. he notices a SIGN in the corner of the window that reads: NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS COUNTER GIRL Would you like some Smiley Sauce? LESTER No. LESTER Good. Smiley's logo. like twenty years ago.2005 0:59 Uhr Smile. a greasy kid wearing a white short sleeve shirt and a tie covered with the Mr. It seems unfair to presume I won't be able to learn. She stares at him. INT. COUNTER GIRL There's not jobs for manager."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. confused by his age and attire. SMILEY'S .by Alan Ball 30. LESTER I have fast food experience.A SHORT TIME LATER Lester sits at a booth with the MANAGER. I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility. wondering what he could possibly have done to deserve this.
BUDDY Oh yeah. and it drove my mother nuts. BUDDY Know what I do when I feel like that? CAROLYN What? BUDDY I fire a gun. SUBURBAN STREET . CAROLYN (intrigued) Really. (smiles seductively) Well.6. you've gotta try it. so they were always around. and I just pop off a few rounds. http://www.2005 0:59 Uhr I was so stressed out. I go to this little firing range downtown.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. Carolyn is quick to pick up her cue and kisses him. EXT. He seems comfortable with the silence. JANE The people who used to live there fed these stray cats. eager to learn from the master. almost nothing. Carolyn sits up."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. CAROLYN (embarrassed) I've never fired a gun before. BUDDY Oh. A beat. ready for another round. she doesn't.htm Seite 50 von 89 . Nothing makes you feel more powerful.by Alan Ball 30.hundland.LATER THAT DAY Ricky and Jane walk along without speaking. After a beat: JANE So how do you like your new house? RICKY I like it. And then she cut down their tree.
JANE Why would you film that? RICKY Because it was amazing. you can look right back. (no response) Mom.MOMENTS LATER Barbara Fitts sits at the kitchen table. it's like God is looking right at you. Ricky enters. just for a second. Just laying there on the sidewalk. INT. Behind her. RICKY (cont'd) I got that homeless woman on video.6. JANE And what do you see? RICKY Beauty. She looked really sad.by Alan Ball 30.KITCHEN . but I did see this homeless woman who froze to death once.2005 0:59 Uhr An automobile FUNERAL PROCESSION appears and begins to pass them slowly. RICKY When you see something like that.htm Seite 51 von 89 . JANE What was amazing about it? A beat. RICKY Have you ever known anybody who died? JANE No. (a beat) Have you? RICKY No.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. And if you're careful. http://www. They watch the FUNERAL CARS pass. followed by Jane. staring off into space as if hypnotized.hundland. I want you to meet somebody. FITTS HOUSE . RICKY Mom.
He unlocks the cabinet and opens it. GLASS CASES filled with GUNS line the walls. BARBARA (pleasant) Yes? RICKY I want you to meet somebody. http://www.2005 0:59 Uhr Barbara's eyes flutter and she turns to him slowly. RICKY You got to see this one thing. RICKY (cont'd) My dad would kill me if he knew I was in here.THE COLONEL'S STUDY . RICKY This is where my dad hides out. then the door opens and Ricky enters. JANE I take it he's got a thing for guns.. holding a RING OF KEYS. The room is spotless. I apologize for the way things look around here."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.by Alan Ball 30. INT. Jane glances around.htm Seite 52 von 89 . He was short on cash one night.MOMENTS LATER We HEAR KEYS TURNING in the lock. my.. revealing shelves stacked with WAR MEMORABILIA. He reaches into the cabinet and carefully removes an oval CHINA PLATTER. which he hands to Jane. FITTS HOUSE . JANE Hi. so I let him pay me in trade.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE Did you steal his keys? RICKY No. followed by Jane. She examines it. BARBARA Oh. One of my clients is a locksmith.hundland. RICKY (cont'd) Turn it over. This is Jane. Ricky crosses to a built-in CABINET behind the desk.6.
without warning. That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things. But she is. you can almost hear it. watching his WIDE-SCREEN TV. JANE Oh my God. I know. right? And this bag was just. or."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. you're scared of me. But it helps me remember. We follow it as the wind carries it in a circle around us. then letting it float gracefully down to the ground. and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid.. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes.. A beat. then notices Jane looking at him oddly. white PLASTIC BAG. And there's this electricity in the air.htm Seite 53 von 89 .. RICKY It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing. FITTS HOUSE . RICKY You want to see the most beautiful thing I've ever filmed? INT.. gray day. dancing with me..MOMENTS LATER On VIDEO: We're in an empty parking lot on a cold. it's an empty. Ever. RICKY (concerned) No. Jane and Ricky sit on the bed.hundland. sending it soaring skyward. RICKY (cont'd) What's wrong? JANE Nothing. JANE No I'm not. Something is floating across from us. RICKY It's like official state china of the Third Reich.6. He puts the platter back into the cabinet and shuts the door.. wrinkled.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.by Alan Ball 30. But my dad just has this one thing. I http://www.. RICKY (cont'd) Video's a poor excuse.RICKY'S BEDROOM . There's a whole subculture of people who collect this Nazi shit.. Ricky studies her.2005 0:59 Uhr CLOSE on the bottom of the plate: A small SWASTIKA is imprinted in the center. sometimes whipping it about violently.
watching him with contempt. And then I told my boss to fuck himself. JANE (suddenly) Oh my God.. What time is it? INT.."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. BURNHAM HOUSE . Lester looks at Carolyn darkly. After a moment.DINING ROOM .. then Jane enters and quickly takes her seat at the table. LESTER And your mother seems to prefer I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.htm Seite 54 von 89 . Now Jane is watching him. His eyes scan hers. Pass the asparagus. (to Lester) Why don't you tell our daughter about it. and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. EASYLISTENING MUSIC plays on the STEREO. curious to see how she reacts to this. today I quit my job. then flashes a "you-asked-for-it" grin. Jane takes his hand. apprehensive. and my heart is going to cave in.. Then she leans in and kisses him softly on the lips. Your father and I were just discussing his day at work.. that's quite all right. dear. eating his dinner voraciously and drinking beer from a bottle. JANE Sorry I'm late. honey? Jane stares at both her parents..2005 0:59 Uhr need to remember. Carolyn picks at her food.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. RICKY (cont'd) (distant) Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it. CAROLYN (overly cheerful) No.by Alan Ball 30.hundland. CAROLYN Your father seems to think this kind of behavior is something to be proud of.MOMENTS LATER Lester sits at the table in sloppy clothes. Across from him.6. LESTER Janie. We HEAR the back door SLAM. no. http://www.
by Alan Ball 30."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. you're going to take care of everything now. Jane does so. CAROLYN Oh! Oh! And I want to thank you for putting me under the added pressure of being the sole breadwinner now-LESTER I already have a job. "Oops. no. crosses to the other side of the table to get a PLATE OF ASPARAGUS. You mean. Lester gets up.2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN (ashen) How dare you speak to me that way in front of her? And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me. your husband feels he can just quit his job-LESTER (overlapping) Will someone pass me the fucking asparagus? JANE (rises) Okay. on the same day that you lose your job! LESTER Lose it? I didn't lose it. I really don't. Someone pass me the asparagus. don't give a second thought as to who's going to pay the mortgage.hundland.6. It's not like. You mean. surprised and intimidated by the power in his voice. everything? You don't mind having the sole responsibility. I'm not going to be a part of this-LESTER (means it) Sit down. LESTER (cont'd) I'm sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. where'd my job go?" I quit. You two do whatever you want to do whenever you want to do it and I don't complain.htm Seite 55 von 89 . I don't mind. Carolyn? Yes. All I want is the same courtesy-CAROLYN (overlapping) http://www. CAROLYN (not stopping) No. We'll just leave it all up to Carolyn. then sits again as he serves himself.
Because frankly.JANE'S BEDROOM . I'm glad because you're old enough now to learn the most important lesson in life: you cannot count on anyone except yourself. From now on. as if nothing unusual has happened. I'm really tired of this Lawrence Welk shit. BURNHAM HOUSE . There is a KNOCK at the door. CAROLYN (cont'd) I wish that you hadn't witnessed that awful scene tonight. (sighs) http://www. then starts to cry."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. JANE Aw. frightening Carolyn and Jane. LESTER (casual) Don't interrupt me. crosses to the door and lets Carolyn in. and I don't think I'm alone here.C.) Honey. I'm glad.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. you don't complain? Oh.6. JANE Why. Mom. CAROLYN (O. Jane rolls her eyes. we're going to alternate our dinner music. if you don't complain. shivering with rage. Christ. Jane just stares at the plate in front of her. Away. He goes back to eating his meal.hundland. honey. CAROLYN (tearful) No. Excuse me. please let me in.THAT NIGHT Jane is sitting on her bed. and another thing. so I could see what freaks you and Dad really are? CAROLYN Me? She stares at Jane. INT. excuse me. But in a way. JANE Go. I must be psychotic then. What is this?! Am I locked away in a padded cell somewhere. Carolyn sits in her chair.2005 0:59 Uhr Oh. hallucinating? That's the only explanation I can think of-Lester hurls the plate of asparagus against the wall with such force it SHATTERS. LESTER (cont'd) Oh.htm Seite 56 von 89 .by Alan Ball 30.
the Colonel proceeds to give Ricky a serious beating.RICKY'S BEDROOM . On VIDEO: We ZOOM toward her as she takes off her bra clumsily. but she's gone this far and there's no turning back. he knows what's up."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. FITTS HOUSE . She stands there in her bra. Embarrassed.RICKY'S BEDROOM .htm Seite 57 von 89 . She waves. Startled. but true. A beat. FITTS HOUSE . INT. he punches Ricky in the face.CONTINUOUS From her window.6.by Alan Ball 30. EXT. then she starts to take off her shirt. Suddenly. she quickly leaves. She stands there with her breasts exposed. I lived in a duplex. punching his face.2005 0:59 Uhr You cannot count on anyone except yourself. Jane watches. She's obviously embarrassed. Jane looks in a mirror and rubs her cheek. FITTS HOUSE . knocking him to the floor. COLONEL (cont'd) How did you get in there? EXT. then crosses to the window and looks out. FITTS HOUSE . hard. then reaches behind her back to unhook the bra. He stands at the window with his DIGICAM. but she's achingly vulnerable. On the WIDE-SCREEN TV behind him. Just look at everything you have.CONTINUOUS http://www. BURNHAM HOUSE . we see Jane standing in her window as she looks across at him. the better. but the Colonel is too fast.. Mom. We didn't even have our own house. and the sooner you learn it. videotaping us. It's sad. okay? Carolyn suddenly SLAPS Jane.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. As soon as his eyes meet his father's. INT. Ricky turns around. EXT. CAROLYN You ungrateful little brat. JANE Look. I really don't feel like having a Kodak moment here. COLONEL You little bastard-Ricky scrambles to dodge his father. When I was your age.CONTINUOUS We're behind Ricky as he videotapes Jane in her window. the door is thrown open and the Colonel enters. trying to look defiant.CONTINUOUS Jane's POV: In the WINDOW across from us. Ricky just keeps videotaping. looking in.CONTINUOUS Jane's POV: We're across from Ricky's room. She has now removed her shirt. pulling the drapes in front of her.. incensed.hundland.
you can't--there are rules in life-- http://www. COLONEL Girlfriend? RICKY Yes. sir. A beat. Jane peeks out from behind the drape. The Colonel glances toward the window.6. for authority. COLONEL How did you get in there? RICKY I picked the lock. The Colonel grabs him by the collar. She quickly pulls it shut. A beat. You have no respect for other people's things.2005 0:59 Uhr Ricky's lip is bleeding."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. The Colonel is suddenly. RICKY Sir. COLONEL This is for your own good. COLONEL You can't just go around doing whatever you feel like. for. get up! Fight back. sir. boy.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. COLONEL (unnerved) How!? How?! C'mon. COLONEL What were you looking for? Money? Are you on dope again? RICKY No.by Alan Ball 30.. sir. I won't fight you. sir.hundland. RICKY (cont'd) Her name's Jane. I wanted to show my girlfriend your Nazi plate. deeply shamed. I'm sorry..htm Seite 58 von 89 . but he maintains a steady gaze at his father during this violence. She lives next door. His POV: In the WINDOW across from us. you little pussy! RICKY No.
htm Seite 59 von 89 .6.hundland. and the lack of her usual self-consciousness allows us to see just how beautiful she is. FADE TO BLACK. But you're a natural. sir. Tenderness fills his face. calmly takes a cloth and starts to wipe the blood from his face. He looks at his reflection in the mirror. Carolyn SINGS along as she drives. exhilarated.. COLONEL You need structure.ONE MONTH LATER Carolyn. Ricky gets up and goes to his bureau. Mrs..by Alan Ball 30. Her face has lost its usual resolute determination.. COLONEL (cont'd) You stay out of there. CAROLYN Well. FIRING it directly at us. Dad. sir. thank you for trying to teach me. we HEAR repetitive GUNSHOTS. http://www. is holding a GLOCK 19 AUTOMATIC REVOLVER with both hands. I love shooting this gun! And she starts FIRING again.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. ATTENDANT (loading gun) I gotta say. INT. But something keeps him from doing it. COLONEL Oh. when you first came here I thought you would be hopeless. all I know is. She empties a round and stands there. The Colonel stands. He leaves. INDOOR FIRING RANGE . Don't give up on me. An ATTENDANT approaches with a new round of ammunition. wearing PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR. Ricky.LATER Bobby Darin sings "DON'T RAIN ON MY PARADE" on the RADIO.2005 0:59 Uhr RICKY Yes. and he reaches out to touch Ricky's cheek. you need discipline-RICKY (simultaneous) Discipline. Yes. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 . she's actually enjoying herself spontaneously."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. In darkness. Burnham.. FADE IN: INT. still breathing heavily.
Lester is sprawled on the couch in his underwear. EXT. The room. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL .com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. (then) Have you done something different? You look great. You never drove it. whose car is that out front? LESTER Mine.CONTINUOUS Carolyn's POV: We turn into the Burnham driveway. seems changed: sloppier.6. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 . drinking a BEER and controlling the car. staring at Lester.MOMENTS LATER Lester's REMOTE-CONTROLLED MODEL JEEP is zooming across the floor of the family room. LESTER What? CAROLYN Ah.htm Seite 60 von 89 . more lived in. admiring it as she continues to SING.2005 0:59 Uhr ANGLE ON the GLOCK 19 sitting on the passenger seat amidst some CDs. http://www. CAROLYN Shouldn't you have consulted me first? LESTER Hmm."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. INT.by Alan Ball 30. A 1970 PONTIAC FIREBIRD with racing stripes blocks our access to the garage. The car I always wanted and now I have it. I rule! CAROLYN Where's the Camry? LESTER I traded it in. His working out is beginning to produce results. expertly maneuvering corners and narrowly avoiding crashing.. BURNHAM HOUSE . INT. After a moment. he looks up at her.CONTINUOUS The Mercedes turns onto Robin Hood Trail. No. too. She just stands there. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. flushed and angry.FAMILY ROOM .hundland. CLOSE on Carolyn: She doesn't like having things in her way. let me think.. Carolyn takes the gun and holds it at arm's length. Carolyn enters through the kitchen.
It's the same look she had at the beginning. This is not "just a couch. She pulls back automatically. LESTER (cont'd) Christ. but it's too late. holding his beer loosely balanced.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.6. We have the whole house to ourselves.."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. mister smarty man. CAROLYN This is a four thousand dollar sofa upholstered in Italian silk. to that girl who used to fake seizures at she got bored? And who used to run up to the apartment building to flash the traffic you totally forgotten about her? Because I His face is close to hers. CAROLYN (barely audible) Lester.. but it's clear she's drawn to him. He smiles.. You're going to spill beer on the couch. and the moment is gone. annoyed. Then. His smile fades.htm Seite 61 von 89 ..2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN (brusque) Where's Jane? LESTER Jane not home.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER (leaning toward her) Whatever happened frat parties when roof of our first helicopters? Have haven't. He smiles at her playfully. There is plenty of joy in my life. Lester just LAUGHS. when he dropped his briefcase. but whatever power that look had is gone. just before their lips meet. Carolyn. LESTER So what? It's just a couch.hundland. and moves even closer. http://www. She stares back. joyless? CAROLYN (taken aback) Joyless?! I am not joyless! There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know. She's immediately sorry she said it. and suddenly the atmosphere is charged. When did you become so." LESTER It's just a couch! He stands and gestures toward all the things in the room.
RICKY I can't believe you don't know how beautiful you are. honey. LESTER (cont'd) (calls after her) I'm only trying to help you. This is just stuff.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. She gets out of bed.hundland.6. RICKY Why? JANE (re: image on TV) It's weird. then turns and walks out of the room before he can see her cry. JANE You don't feel naked? RICKY http://www. How does it feel now? RICKY Fine. Carolyn stares at him. INT. and there are still slight SCARS on his face. It's been almost a month since his father beat him up.2005 0:59 Uhr LESTER (cont'd) This isn't life. She glances at us. We're watching the WIDE-SCREEN TV in Ricky's room. He's aiming his camera at Jane.htm Seite 62 von 89 . I don't like how I look. Ricky holds the camera. on the verge of tears. JANE (cont'd) Ha.RICKY'S BEDROOM .by Alan Ball 30. And it's become more important to you than living.NIGHT On VIDEO: Jane lays in Ricky's bed. JANE (shy) Don't."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. sitting naked in a chair. that's just nuts. watching myself. A CORD leads from the TV to Ricky's DIGICAM. FITTS HOUSE . JANE I'm not going to sit here for that shit. We see his image on the TV as she videotapes. takes his Digicam and focuses it on him. Well. wearing a tank top.
JANE He's a total asshole and he's got this crush on my friend Angela and it's disgusting. then takes the Digicam and focuses it on her. RICKY http://www. JANE Wow. He grabs a half-smoked JOINT from an ashtray and lights it. I wanted to kill him. RICKY He's not a bad man.. And I would have. JANE Well. and he hit me.. my dad caught me smoking dope. If they hadn't pulled me off. Then they drugged me up and left me in there for two years."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. RICKY Why? He passes her the joint. We see her image on the TV as he videotapes. JANE (cont'd) Tell me about being in the hospital. right? (laughs) Well. (then) That's when my dad put me in the hospital.hundland. of course. Ricky smiles. I told you his whole thing about structure and discipline. which remains placid. (laughs) Wait. JANE You know what I mean... I just snapped. You must really hate him. Killed him.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.. RICKY When I was fifteen.by Alan Ball 30. I do hate my father.htm Seite 63 von 89 . Dad and I had this huge fight.2005 0:59 Uhr I am naked. and then the next day at school. He totally freaked and decided to send me to military school. you better believe I'd hate my father if he did something like that to me.6. some kid made a crack about my haircut. and.. I got kicked out. Jane ZOOMS in on his face.
JANE (cont'd) I'm serious.htm Seite 64 von 89 . (snorts) What a lame-o. RICKY Want me to kill him for you? Jane looks at him and sits up. LAUGHING.by Alan Ball 30. I've been baby-sitting since I was about ten. though. no! But it'd be nice if I was anywhere near as important to him as she is."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. JANE Well. She stands and sticks out her breasts. I've got almost three thousand dollars. A little fucking discipline. She lays back on the bed. 'Course. now. then falls back on the bed. I was saving it up for a boob job. Somebody really should put him out of his misery. JANE (cont'd) But my tits can wait. a loopy. huh? RICKY http://www. They LAUGH. How could he not be damaging me? I need a father who's a role model. JANE Well.6. JANE Yeah. not some horny geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts whenever I bring a girlfriend home from school.hundland. He's doing massive psychological damage to me. but you're wrong. I too need structure.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. (then) I know you think my dad's harmless. RICKY How? Jane looks into the camera.2005 0:59 Uhr You'd rather he had the crush on you? JANE Gross. Her mind wanders for a beat. stoned grin on her face. would you? RICKY (smiles) It'll cost you.
that's true of every day except one. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL . wearing sweatpants and running shoes. as Lester runs toward us. hiring somebody to kill your dad.A SHORT TIME LATER We're now at street level. gazing into her eyes. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL . even his posture has changed. and we HEAR ROCK MUSIC as he runs. He turns the Digicam off and the TV screen goes BLUE. He puts the Digicam down and joins Jane on the bed. JANE (cont'd) (suddenly nervous) You know I'm not serious. Jane watches him blankly from the http://www. and he moves with the confident. We're almost on top of the Burnham house now.hundland.KITCHEN . then. and Lester grins.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. We see the BURNHAM'S HOUSE below us as we APPROACH it steadily. reveling in the sheer physical pleasure of his body. A long moment where neither of them speaks.A SHORT TIME LATER The blender GRINDS as Lester. am I? She smiles dreamily at him.6. He carries a WALKMAN and wears EARPHONES. easy swagger of an athlete. that's not a very nice thing to do. right? RICKY Of course.by Alan Ball 30. (a beat) The day you die. still in his sweatpants. INT. JANE Well. LESTER Remember those posters that said. bursts out of the front door and dashes up the driveway. FADE IN: EXT.htm Seite 65 von 89 . EXT. The endorphins have kicked in. I guess I'm just not a very nice girl. He caresses her hair."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.EARLY MORNING We're FLYING above Robin Hood Trail. He's in excellent shape. makes himself a high-protein shake.2005 0:59 Uhr You know. RICKY (cont'd) Do you know how lucky we are to have found each other? FADE TO BLACK. He lowers the camera and looks at her intently. as Lester. BURNHAM HOUSE . "Today is the first day of the rest of your life?" Well.
CAROLYN Well. and the way that you behave. he glances over at her. hurry up. Carolyn enters. He's got a newfound sexual energy that makes her uncomfortable. (on her way out) You know."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. and the immediate regret in his eyes. Carolyn quickly rinses off her coffee cup. Jane is stunned. like you're drunk! It's disgusting! LESTER (angry himself) You better watch yourself. avoiding his eyes. drinking his shake directly from the blender pitcher. And she's gone.6.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. is it okay if Angela sleeps over tonight? Jane looks at Lester to see how he reacts. Janie. I haven't seen her around here in a while. She quickly rises. she's always welcome.hundland. of course. and starts out. I thought maybe you two had a fight. trying to get out of the kitchen before she starts crying. JANE (angry) Dad! You stare at her all the time. eyeing her. Lester leans against the counter. and he knows it.htm Seite 66 von 89 . I've got a very important appointment-JANE Mom. LESTER What? JANE (nervous) I've been too embarrassed to bring her over. LESTER What are you talking about? I've barely even spoken to her.by Alan Ball 30. Because of you.2005 0:59 Uhr kitchen table. Finally. LESTER (cont'd) http://www. Jane continues staring at her father. or you're going to turn into a real bitch. ANGLE on Lester. CAROLYN Jane. just like your mother. He doesn't.
but not before Lester mouths "call me" and Ricky gives a slight nod in acknowledgment. who watches his son as he heads toward the Burnham house. followed by the Colonel. MOVING slowly toward the open door. CLOSE on the Colonel's face: he looks confused. Lester glances over at him. deeply troubled. I don't need a ride. His POV: Carolyn waves from the Mercedes.MOMENTS LATER Ricky emerges from the house. and the Colonel is suddenly self-conscious.hundland. COLONEL (brusque) You ready to go? RICKY Oh. then grins and salutes before going inside the house. Lester's POV: The Colonel watches the car driving off. INT. The scars on his face are almost gone now. FITTS HOUSE . through which we can see Ricky."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. his eyes finally landing on: http://www. As the Mercedes backs out of the driveway. standing at his bureau mirror. FITTS HOUSE .2005 0:59 Uhr (under his breath) Fuck. I'm going to go in with Jane and her mom. Jane leans forward from the passenger seat and glares at us. His face tightens. FITTS HOUSE . A REVERSE ANGLE reveals the Colonel standing outside the door looking in. He opens the DRAWER in which we know Ricky keeps his marijuana. combing his hair.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.htm Seite 67 von 89 . then looks at us. but he doesn't discover its false bottom. CLOSE on the Colonel. EXT. Ricky pulls his door shut. watching Ricky with great tenderness.RICKY'S ROOM .by Alan Ball 30. Mr. LESTER studies him for a moment.CONTINUOUS We're outside Ricky's room. He stands and looks around. Ricky. Burnham. INT.FRONT PORCH .UPSTAIRS HALLWAY . He starts going through Ricky's bureau.MOMENTS LATER The door swings open silently and the Colonel enters. Lester emerges from the house in his sweatpants. How's it going? RICKY Pretty decent.6. As Ricky starts to get in the car. Then Ricky looks up at him. LESTER Yo. flashing an insincere smile.
COUNTER GIRL (O. Then. The Colonel turns on the TV. we see Lester step out of his pants and briefs. my little hombre.C. CO-WORKER Hey Lester. Lester looks up suddenly when he HEARS: CAROLYN (O. On VIDEO: Through the Burnham's GARAGE WINDOW. BUDDY (O. SMILEY'S .C.) http://www. INT. naked except for his black socks.) (over speakers) Nothing. A.S. staring off into space. I need that Super Smiley with cheese.A. The camera is still connected to the TV. Smiley's uniform. On VIDEO: Barbara Fitts sits at the kitchen table.S.) (over speakers) What's good here? BUDDY (O. examines the Digicam and presses "play...htm Seite 68 von 89 .C.. then impatient. is happily flipping burgers on a grill.C. On the TV screen we see.. CAROLYN (O."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.hundland.by Alan Ball 30. MR. and a vanilla shake. The Colonel sinks slowly onto Ricky's bed. watching his reflection in the window as he does. at first baffled.) (over speakers) Make that two.6. wearing a Mr.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.. He takes the cassette out of the Digicam and inserts another.2005 0:59 Uhr The DIGICAM and a stack of CASSETTES on a shelf. The Colonel watches. he grabs the dumbbells and starts lifting them.) (over speakers) Then I guess we'll just have to be bad.. mesmerized.LATER Lester." The TV's blank screen suddenly gives way to. won't we? (then) I think I'll have a double Smiley Sandwich and curly fries. LESTER You need more than that.P.
CAROLYN (re: Buddy) We were just at a seminar. BUDDY (nuzzles her neck) I'm flattered. We've met before. COUNTER GIRL (to Carolyn) Whoa. Smiley's! Carolyn almost jumps out of her skin. after the workout we had this morning. grinning at her. SMILEY'S . this is my-LESTER Her husband. http://www. Lester leans out of the drive-thru window. He puts his spatula down. They are too involved with each other to notice Lester watching them from the drive-thru window.hundland."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.2005 0:59 Uhr (over speakers) Please drive around thank you.by Alan Ball 30.. You are so busted. LESTER (cont'd) Would you like to try our new beef and cheese pot pie on a stick.6. The Counter Girl stands next to him. then. Buddy sits beside her. (then.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.. but something tells me you're going to remember me this time. LESTER (overly cheerful) Smile! You're at Mr. staring blankly. CAROLYN I think we deserve a little junk food. holding bags filled with fast food.htm Seite 69 von 89 . Lester's face darkens. MR. EXT. just a dollar ninety-nine for a limited time only? Carolyn struggles to appear nonchalant. he smiles. Carolyn drives. all business) Buddy.CONTINUOUS The Mercedes pulls around to the DRIVE-THRU WINDOW.
then grabs the wheel. I want you to be happy.A SHORT TIME LATER The sky is filled with ominous gray clouds. so you kind of are on her turf. just stop it! LESTER Uh-uh. this really doesn't concern you.htm Seite 70 von 89 . At all times. EXT.CONTINUOUS Carolyn grips the wheel tightly. (to Carolyn.hundland. defeated. TOP HAT MOTEL .by Alan Ball 30. and turns to http://www. Carolyn closes her eyes. This makes sense. staring straight ahead.6. (then) Would you like Smiley Sauce with that? CAROLYN Lester. quietly) So.2005 0:59 Uhr CAROLYN (flustered) You know. INT. Janeane is senior drive-thru manager. CAROLYN Oh."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. shifts gears and drives off. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 . it's okay. CAROLYN (miserable) Oh. Lester-LESTER Honey. no. You don't get to tell me what to do. I understand completely. I guess we should cool it for a while. (sarcastic) In order to be successful. LESTER Actually. one must project an image of success. BUDDY I'm sorry. Wind whips garbage across the parking lot as Carolyn's Mercedes pulls in next to Buddy's Jaguar. I'm facing a potentially very expensive divorce. Buddy looks at her unhappily.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. She regrets it the second it's out of her mouth. Ever again.
Stop it! She closes her eyes tight.CONTINUOUS Angela drives.MOMENTS LATER Ricky and the Colonel sit at the table. BURNHAM HOUSE . right? JANE (irritable) No. then gets out of the car and shuts the door. squinting through the windshield as the wipers move back and forth. he digs through MARIJUANA PARAPHERNALIA."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. RICKY (getting up) I have to run next door.hundland. He heads into the hall. trying to stop the tears. She starts to CRY. then stares at it as if she can't quite remember what she meant to do with it. http://www. uneasy.THAT NIGHT It's RAINING outside. FITTS HOUSE . He reaches under the bench and grabs a CIGAR BOX. a regular basis now.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. eating in silence. only to pull out an empty ZIP-LOC BAG.KITCHEN . He smiles.6.GARAGE . Ricky pulls his BEEPER off his belt and checks it. CAROLYN (cont'd) Stop it. He puts the weights down and looks at his REFLECTION in the window: His POV: His arms are pumped. He just looks at her sadly. LESTER Shit. she SLAPS herself. TOP HAT MOTEL .2005 0:59 Uhr him. ANGELA So you and psycho boy are fucking on like. then suddenly SCREAMS as loud as she can. hard. We can still HEAR Carolyn's muffled SCREAMING. There is a sound of distant THUNDER.CONTINUOUS Buddy's Jaguar speeds off. INT. INT. Barbara rinses off a pan at the sink. The Colonel watches him go. Jane left her geometry book in my bag and she needs it to do her homework.by Alan Ball 30. We HEAR ROCK MUSIC as Lester pumps iron. leaving the Mercedes alone in the parking lot. INT. Opening it. ANGELA'S BMW . EXT. We suddenly HEAR a BEEPING noise.htm Seite 71 von 89 . As before.
you're like. all right? Maybe I don't really want to hear all that. BURNHAM HOUSE ..6. We can only see Lester from the waist up. okay? It's not like that. You can tell me. and then Ricky walks into view.KITCHEN . his hair wet from the rain. so he looks naked. we can see into the Burnham's GARAGE WINDOW. in the cigar box. His POV: Through the window over the sink.htm Seite 72 von 89 .by Alan Ball 30. Lester's arm remains draped around his shoulder."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. and he cranes his neck to get a better look at. Our view is blurred by the RAIN. put up a fight.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE Yeah. The Colonel's face tightens.. RICKY (grins) You got any papers? LESTER Yeah. FITTS HOUSE . "No I http://www. his upper body pumped and glistening in sweat as he counts out a wad of BILLS. INT.2005 0:59 Uhr ANGELA Oh. and maybe you shouldn't. Something outside catches his eye. but we see Lester. Does he have a big dick? JANE Look.CONTINUOUS Ricky. I tell you every single detail about every guy that I fuck. INT. (laughs) You know.hundland. come on. right over there...GARAGE . puts the cash in his pocket. dude! You are such a pushover. above it? (rolls her eyes) We gotta get you a real man. ANGELA Oh. I'm not gonna talk about his dick with you. ANGELA Not like what? Doesn't he have one? (then) Why don't you want to talk about it? I mean. His POV: Lester drapes his arm around Ricky as he gives him the money. so now that you have a boyfriend.CONTINUOUS The Colonel rinses off his plate at the sink.
Hi. and the Colonel glances over at: His POV: Angela's BMW pulls into the driveway. http://www. Angela walks over to Lester. We see only Ricky's back and shoulders as he rolls the joint. Jane and Angela enter. incredulous. then he throws his head back. and doing a pretty good job. The Colonel watches. then squats down and reaches under the weight bench. ANGELA Hi. Then we HEAR a CAR APPROACHING.hundland. Really. ANGELA Wow. Look at you.CONTINUOUS The Colonel's POV: Lester leans back in his chair. Lester's jaw drops." And he slaps Ricky playfully on the chest. Mr. it looks very much like Ricky is giving Lester a blow job. Okay. stopping behind Lester's Firebird. As Angela and Jane get out and run toward the house. INT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.KITCHEN . watching Ricky roll the joint. our focus MOVES back to the GARAGE WINDOW. Burnham.by Alan Ball 30. Have you been working out? LESTER Some. and both he and Ricky cross out of view. Ricky grins. Jane frowns when she sees him. LESTER Hi. FITTS HOUSE . Jane rolls her eyes and exits. Lester sits in the bowl chair and leans back. looking a little panicked.MOMENTS LATER Lester leans nonchalantly against the counter. Lester pulls on his T-shirt.KITCHEN . his hands behind his head. From our perspective. INT.htm Seite 73 von 89 . After a beat. JANE Where's Mom? LESTER Don't know. BURNHAM HOUSE . Ricky stands.6."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.2005 0:59 Uhr can't. RICKY You should learn to roll a joint. He's trying to remain cool. LESTER Oh.
baffled. ANGELA I--I should probably go see what Jane's up to. Lester watches her go.by Alan Ball 30.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. FITTS HOUSE .htm Seite 74 von 89 . But something has changed."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. LESTER You like muscles? His voice is low and intense. RICKY (incredulous) You were watching me? COLONEL What did he make you do? RICKY (laughs) Dad. me and Mr.. His POV: The Colonel steps out of the shadows. pulling the wad of CASH out of his pocket as he goes. Look at those arms.RICKY'S ROOM . She moves away. you don't really think. COLONEL (O.. COLONEL Don't lie to me. (beat) I saw you with him. and he isn't intimidated at all.CONTINUOUS Ricky enters. looks up at him and smiles. suddenly insecure. startled.C. Ricky takes a step back. RICKY From my job. Burnham? COLONEL http://www. and crosses to his bureau.) Where'd you get that? Ricky turns. fully expecting to intimidate him by doing so. leans in and smiles slowly.2005 0:59 Uhr ANGELA You can really tell. INT. She places her hand on his arm flirtatiously. wet from the pouring rain.hundland.6. He looks directly back at her. And she heads out quickly.
"AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. http://www. and he can't believe it was this simple. COLONEL Boy-RICKY Two thousand dollars. Ricky suddenly smiles. RICKY And you should see me fuck.2005 0:59 Uhr (furious) Don't you laugh at me! (then) I will not sit back and watch my only son become a cocksucker! RICKY Jesus. A beat. I suck dick for money. what is with you-The Colonel BACKHANDS Ricky so hard it sends the boy sprawling. COLONEL I swear to God.6. RICKY What a sad old man you are. I'd rather you were dead than be a fucking faggot.hundland.by Alan Ball 30. COLONEL (explodes) Get out!! I don't ever want to see you again!! Ricky eyes the Colonel. RICKY You're right. RICKY (taken aback) You mean that? COLONEL Damn straight I do. I'm that good. He's finally discovered a way to break free from his father. COLONEL Get out.htm Seite 75 von 89 . He gets up. I will throw you out of this house and never look at you again. I'm the best piece of ass in three states.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.
then exits out the back door. RICKY Mom.MOMENTS LATER Ricky enters to discover Barbara standing in the middle of the room. and then he pulls the drapes shut. FITTS HOUSE . FREEWAY . RICKY (hugs her) I wish things would have been better for you. glassy-eyed and breathing heavily. He kisses her cheek softly.2005 0:59 Uhr COLONEL (a whisper) Get out.hundland.by Alan Ball 30.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. aware that something eventful is taking place.RICKY'S BEDROOM .CONTINUOUS Carolyn sits behind the wheel. Only by taking full responsibility for your problems-and their solutions--will you ever be able to break free from the constant cycle of victimhood. Ricky dashes through the rain to the Burnham's front door and knocks."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. turns and walks out the door. searching.6. FITTS HOUSE . I'm leaving. EXT. She takes out her GLOCK 19. and she looks into his eyes. INT. and removing their ability to make us afraid. INT. still clutching her dish. Take care of Dad. EXT.KITCHEN . She's obviously heard his argument with his father. Cars ZOOM past in the rain. This is the secret to "me-centered" living. A beat. listening to a MOTIVATIONAL TAPE on the STEREO. INT.CONTINUOUS The MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 is parked in the breakdown lane. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 . Lester opens it and lets him in. wear a raincoat.CONTINUOUS The Colonel's POV: Below us. frightened. TAPE VOICE --disinvesting problems of their power. leaving her standing alone. Ricky grabs his backpack. http://www. FITTS HOUSE .htm Seite 76 von 89 . clutching a dish. its HAZARD LIGHTS BLINKING. leaving the Colonel standing there.CONTINUOUS The Colonel looks coldly down at us from Ricky's bedroom window. Carolyn leans over and open the glove compartment. BARBARA Okay.
ANGELA You are way too uptight about sex.hundland.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. alarmed. (to Jane) You're just a kid. JANE (angry) Dad! Leave us alone! RICKY (O. ANGELA You guys can't be serious. RICKY (cont'd) (to Jane) If I had to leave tonight. And he's like. JANE I don't think we could be friends anymore.2005 0:59 Uhr TAPE VOICE (cont'd) Remember.by Alan Ball 30. would you come with me? JANE What? RICKY If I had to go to New York.) It's me.CONTINUOUS Angela is sprawled across the bed."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Jane sits up. Tonight. You'll end up http://www. Jane stands across the room from her. Would you come with me? JANE Yes. all right? Please? ANGELA Why not? There is a KNOCK on the door.htm Seite 77 von 89 .JANE'S ROOM . JANE Just don't fuck my dad.6.C. BURNHAM HOUSE . INT. To live. a mental case. you are only a victim if you choose to be a victim... Jane jumps up and opens the door and lets him in.
I have over forty thousand dollars. She's somebody you use to feel better about yourself. RICKY We won't have to. RICKY Yes."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. http://www.htm Seite 78 von 89 . ANGELA Oh. at least I'm not ugly. ANGELA Go fuck yourself. ANGELA Jane. yeah? Well. And you'll never be a freak because you're just too perfect.by Alan Ball 30.2005 0:59 Uhr living in a box on the street. you are. you'd be out of your mind to go with him. other drug dealers? RICKY Yes. And you're totally ordinary. psycho! JANE You shut up. bitch! ANGELA Jane! He is a freak! JANE Well. And you know it.hundland.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. JANE Why do you even care? ANGELA Because you're my friend! RICKY She's not your friend. then so am I! And we'll always be freaks and we'll never be like other people.6. JANE I'm no more a kid than you are! ( to Ricky) We can use my plastic surgery money. And you're boring. And I know people in the city who can help us get set up. ANGELA What.
EXT.2005 0:59 Uhr Angela stares at him. looking at Lester. INT. Through the window. We're directly outside the GARAGE DOOR as it slowly lifts to reveal Lester smiling at us. INT. ANGELA You two deserve each other. INT. sweaty and out of breath.by Alan Ball 30. Jane turns to Ricky and he takes her in his arms. we see the Colonel standing outside.UPSTAIRS HALLWAY . The Colonel moves stiffly and seems preoccupied.CONTINUOUS Through the window.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.GARAGE . suddenly aware he's being watched. INT. wearing only his sweatpants.CONTINUOUS Lester and the Colonel stare at each other through the window."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. LESTER Jesus. EXT.. BURNHAM HOUSE .GARAGE . crying. BURNHAM HOUSE .GARAGE . stunned. You're soaked. SLAMMING the door behind her.GARAGE .CONTINUOUS Lester pulls the Colonel inside. The Colonel just stands there.htm Seite 79 von 89 . man.. BURNHAM HOUSE .CONTINUOUS His POV: Lester finishes his last rep. transfixed. BURNHAM HOUSE . And she exits.GARAGE . we see Lester. and there is a sharp CLAP of THUNDER. BURNHAM HOUSE . and then he glances at us. performing bench presses.6. LESTER (cont'd) You okay? COLONEL (his voice thick) Where's your wife? http://www. EXT. LESTER You want me to get Ricky? He's in Jane's room.CONTINUOUS We're MOVING SLOWLY toward the Burnham's GARAGE WINDOW through the RAIN. watching. slightly disoriented.MOMENTS LATER The RAIN is coming down in sheets now. then racks the weights and sits up. He runs his free hand over his chest. BURNHAM HOUSE .hundland. shaken. then starts toward the door. BURNHAM HOUSE .GARAGE .CONTINUOUS Angela sits on the stairs. We ZOOM slowly in on him as he watches.
LESTER (softly) Just tell me what you need. The Colonel closes his eyes. His eyes are brimming with tears. He places his hand on the Colonel's shoulder. his face filled with an anguished vulnerability we wouldn't have thought possible from him.. and then he turns and runs out the open garage door into the rainy night. COLONEL (a whisper) Yes. concerned. The Colonel's face crumples in shame. COLONEL (hoarse) I. Lester is momentarily stunned. You got the wrong idea..htm Seite 80 von 89 .by Alan Ball 30.. The Colonel moves closer towards him. Probably out fucking that dorky prince of real estate asshole. When we are anything but. blinking. I'm sorry. and so does the Colonel.. The Colonel stares at the floor. I don't know. and then he pushes the Colonel away... our marriage is just for show. Lester leans in. whoa.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. And you know what? I don't care. He grins. LESTER (cont'd) We really should get you out of these clothes.2005 0:59 Uhr LESTER Uh.hundland.6. The Colonel reaches up and places his hand on Lester's cheek. for how normal we are. whoa... He opens his eyes and looks at Lester. LESTER It's okay."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. http://www. LESTER (cont'd) Whoa. and then kisses him.. LESTER (cont'd) You're shaking.. A commercial. COLONEL Your wife is with another man and you don't care? LESTER Nope.
htm Seite 81 von 89 . LESTER Not at all. BURNHAM HOUSE . her face is puffy. They stand there in silence. It couldn't possibly be any stranger than mine.by Alan Ball 30. opens the refrigerator and grabs a BEER. BURNHAM HOUSE . INT. and her hair mussed. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 .. Angela comes into view. the atmosphere is charged. Lester opens his beer and starts toward the family room.6.KITCHEN . INT. constantly running through your head-Carolyn switches the TAPE OFF and puts the gun in her purse. TAPE VOICE "I refuse to be a victim.2005 0:59 Uhr INT..CONTINUOUS The Mercedes pulls away from the shoulder.FAMILY ROOM .CONTINUOUS Carolyn is still listening to the same MOTIVATIONAL TAPE. LESTER (grins) Believe me. EXT.hundland.CONTINUOUS Lester enters. (after a beat) http://www. (then) Bad night? ANGELA Not really bad. standing at the STEREO. strange.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. She smiles. She regards us apprehensively. Lester leans against the wall and takes a swig of his beer. ANGELA I hope you don't mind if I play the stereo. then puts on a slightly defiant smile. CAROLYN I refuse to be a victim. She's been crying. FREEWAY . ANGELA Jane and I had a fight... She holds the GLOCK in her hand. Suddenly we HEAR MUSIC coming from the other room." When this becomes your mantra. holding a CD case."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.CONTINUOUS His POV: AS we MOVE SLOWLY around a corner. just.
her forehead. ANGELA What do you want? LESTER Are you kidding? I want you. (far away) I don't think there's anything worse than being ordinary. ANGELA (cont'd) She's mad at me because I said I think you're sexy. LESTER You don't know? His face is very close to hers. http://www."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.by Alan Ball 30. are you going to tell me? What you want? ANGELA I don't know. ANGELA You don't think I'm ordinary? LESTER You couldn't be ordinary if you tried. Lester raises his eyebrows.. She's trying to be seductive as she says this. her eyelids. He gently wipes her chin with the back of his hand..com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. but she's pretty bad at it. her neck. Lester grins... You are the most beautiful thing I have ever seen...htm Seite 82 von 89 .hundland. I've wanted you since the first moment I saw you. LESTER (offering beer) Do you want a sip? She nods..2005 0:59 Uhr It was about you. ANGELA Thank you..6. She's unnerved--this is happening too fast. Angela takes a deep breath just before Lester leans in to kiss her cheek. Lester holds the bottle up to her mouth and she drinks clumsily. And Lester kisses her on the lips. LESTER (cont'd) So. He is sexy.
FAMILY ROOM . He pulls her jeans off and gently brushes his fingers over her legs. unable to believe he's actually about to do what he's dreamed of so many times. I refuse to be a victim. ANGELA (a whisper) I'm sorry.. (angry) Lester. LESTER You're kidding. and then. INT. I have something I have to say to you. I refuse to be a victim. BURNHAM HOUSE . CAROLYN I refuse to be a victim. ANGELA This is my first time...CONTINUOUS Lester starts unbuttoning Angela's blouse.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. INT.CONTINUOUS Ricky and Jane. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 . exposing her breasts. lie curled up on Jane's bed. Lester pulls her blouse open.. JANE My parents will try to find me. her face resolute.MOMENTS LATER Angela lays back on the couch as Lester moves in over her.CONTINUOUS Carolyn drives.htm Seite 83 von 89 . http://www.hundland. Lester looks down at her. RICKY Mine won't. fully clothed.2005 0:59 Uhr INT. grinning. BURNHAM HOUSE . JANE Are you scared? RICKY I don't get scared..FAMILY ROOM . INT."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.. then moves up and caresses her face.. She seems disconnected from what's happening. BURNHAM HOUSE . Lester LAUGHS.by Alan Ball 30..JANE'S ROOM .6.
hundland. ROBIN HOOD TRAIL . stroking her hair and rocking her gently..... ANGELA (cont'd) I still want to do it. Humiliated. LESTER You have nothing to be sorry about.. LESTER (cont'd) You are so beautiful. serious.MOMENTS LATER http://www. ANGELA I'm sorry. letting her put her head on his shoulder.6.2005 0:59 Uhr A beat. He smiles and shakes his head. Angela starts to cry. There's no way he's going to go through with this now.. Lester's face falls. ANGELA (cont'd) (confused) What's wrong? I thought you said I was beautiful."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. He hugs her. LESTER (cont'd) (smiles) It's okay. covering her nakedness. embarrassed and vulnerable. I just thought I should tell you.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final..htm Seite 84 von 89 . and I would be a very lucky man. Everything's okay.. LESTER Don't.. His POV: Angela lies beneath us.by Alan Ball 30. ANGELA I feel so stupid. Lester hugs her again.. We HEAR a loud CLAP of THUNDER outside. in case you wondered why I wasn't. He grabs a blanket from the back of the couch and drapes it around her shoulders. This is not the mythically carnal creature of Lester's fantasies. Lester takes her by the shoulders and looks at her. Lester looks down at her. this is a nervous child. LESTER (tenderly) You are beautiful. EXT. better. But she keeps crying. his grin fading.
and she'd die before she'd ever tell me about it. She's eating a turkey sandwich. INT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.6. no. reflected in the REAR-VIEW MIRROR. as Lester studies her. (sincerely) . once again fully clothed.I feel better.htm Seite 85 von 89 . She turns her head to look out the window: Her POV: The RED DOOR of the Burnham house stands out.hundland...KITCHEN . INT. BURNHAM HOUSE . LESTER Do you want me to make you another one? ANGELA No. sits at the kitchen counter.CONTINUOUS CLOSE on Carolyn's eyes. Angela shifts uncomfortably. He turns to her and cocks an eyebrow. Lester puts a jar of mayonnaise back in the refrigerator. even in the pouring rain.. no.MOMENTS LATER Angela. then: LESTER How's Jane? ANGELA What do you mean? LESTER I mean. I'm fine. Thanks.by Alan Ball 30. I'm still a little weirded out. I was starving. ANGELA Wow. but. A long beat. MERCEDES-BENZ ML320 .. how's her life? Is she happy? Is she miserable? I'd really like to know.2005 0:59 Uhr The Mercedes pulls onto Robin Hood Trail."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. LESTER (concerned) You sure? ANGELA I mean. ANGELA http://www.
. (softly) Man oh man oh man.hundland. Carolyn and Jane.by Alan Ball 30. Lester watches her go. where he sits and studies the photo. LESTER (laughs) I'm great.. Lester crosses to the kitchen table..2005 0:59 Uhr She's. Something at the edge of the counter catches his eye. then stands there wondering why he should suddenly feel so content..com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. After a beat. http://www. CLOSE on a framed PHOTOGRAPH as he picks it up: It's the photo we saw earlier of him. and then he smiles: the deep. more mature... It's startling how happy they look.htm Seite 86 von 89 . smiling at each other. it's been a long time since anybody asked me that. They just sit there. she's really happy."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. Angela rolls her eyes at how silly this notion is. (thinks about it) I'm great. An awkward beat. LESTER (cont'd) Man oh man. taken aback) God.. taken several years ago at an amusement park.... ANGELA How are you? LESTER (smiles. She thinks she's in love.6. She crosses off.. He suddenly seems older. the barrel of a GUN rises up behind his head. and he reaches for.. LESTER (quietly) Good for her. then: ANGELA (suddenly) I've gotta go to the bathroom. satisfied smile of a man who just now understands the punch line of a joke he heard long ago. aimed at the base of his skull.
then stops..MOMENTS LATER Ricky opens the door from the dining room. JANE Oh God. wide-eyed but not afraid. that one second isn't a second at all. His POV: Lester looks back at us.. in shock. crimson as the roses. ECHOING Instantly."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.) For me. Their POV: A pool of blood is forming on the kitchen table. Jane appears behind him.MOMENTS LATER in a vase on the WHITE TILE WALL. watching falling stars.. it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp.KITCHEN . BURNHAM HOUSE . INT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final. RICKY (an awed whisper) Wow. BURNHAM HOUSE . Ricky comes into the kitchen and slowly approaches Lester's lifeless body.hundland.O. LESTER (V. the tile is sprayed with BLOOD. alarmed.. http://www.htm Seite 87 von 89 . EXT. it stretches on forever. like an ocean of time. followed by Jane. EXT. gazing at Lester's unseen face. We HEAR a GUNSHOT from downstairs.NIGHT In BLACK & WHITE: Eleven-year-old Lester looks up. Ricky kneels. unnaturally. WOODS . They look at each other. INT. Jane follows him.JANE'S BEDROOM .) I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. pointing excitedly at: His POV: A DOT OF LIGHT falls across an unbelievably starry sky.O. fully clothed.O.NIGHT Ricky and Jane lie curled up on Jane's bed.. SKY .. INT. the same deep Ricky comes down the stairs. LESTER (V. then he smiles. deep crimson against the Then a GUNSHOT suddenly rings out.by Alan Ball 30. his eyes are lifeless.FOYER .2005 0:59 Uhr ANGLE ON an arrangement of fresh-cut ROSES opposite counter. ever so slightly. LESTER (V.DAY We're FLYING across a white blanket of clouds.6. BURNHAM HOUSE . but he's smiling the same slight smile.) First of all.
and the way her skin seemed like paper.) Or my grandmother's hands. EXT. Ghostly LEAVES FLUTTER slowly toward pavement. INT.. staring at us. BLOOD covers the front of his T-shirt.) And Janie..O.O. EXT.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER (V.DUSK In BLACK & WHITE: A door opens to reveal 4-YEAR-OLD JANE.O.htm Seite 88 von 89 . LESTER (V.HALL . The SUN'S REFLECTION in the windshield FLASHES BRILLIANTLY. SUBURBAN HOUSE . and a gun is conspicuously missing from inside. from the maple trees. BURNHAM HOUSE . INT.DAY In BLACK & WHITE: A 1970 PONTIAC FIREBIRD in the driveway of a suburban home. INT. clutching her PURSE tightly.) And yellow leaves.) And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird. Angela turns.NIGHT Angela stands in front of the mirror. SUBURB .NIGHT In BLACK & WHITE: Jane opens her bedroom door...O. that lined my street. the GLASS DOOR is open.. fixing her make-up.NIGHT The Colonel enters.NIGHT http://www. EXT.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.NIGHT Carolyn walks slowly toward the RED DOOR. holding a lit SPARKLER aloft and smiling shyly at us. BURNHAM HOUSE . BURNHAM HOUSE ...DAY In BLACK & WHITE: CLOSE on an ancient woman's papery HANDS as they button a cardigan sweater. INT. dressed for Halloween in a Princess costume. He paces in front of one of his GUN CASES. frightened.O.hundland.DUSK In BLACK & WHITE: Maple trees in autumn.2005 0:59 Uhr EXT. SUBURBAN STREET . INT.. drenched to the bone."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -.) And Janie. FITTS HOUSE . wet. SUBURBAN HOUSE . We HEAR the GUNSHOT again. BURNHAM HOUSE . We HEAR the GUNSHOT again. LESTER (V.. He's wearing LATEX GLOVES..6.MASTER BEDROOM .POWDER ROOM . LESTER (V.THE COLONEL'S STUDY . LESTER (V.
EXT. Carolyn.by Alan Ball 30. LESTER (V... terrified. sending it soaring skyward..) . pulling several items of clothing down with her. FADE TO BLACK. making us SPIN even faster.. ASCENDING SLOWLY.hundland. then letting it float gracefully down to the ground..DAY We're FLYING once again over Robin Hood Trail..O. She sinks to her knees. LAUGHING uncontrollably as she twists the wheel in front of her. suddenly aware of Lester's scent. and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. without warning.. the world."AMERICAN BEAUTY" -. But don't worry.. Then. The wind carries it in a circle around us. PARKING LOT . LESTER (V. or. I'm sure. . and she begins to cry. and stop trying to hold on to it.6. (amused) You have no idea what I'm talking about. AMUSEMENT PARK .) (with love) And.. Sometimes I feel like it's too much..NIGHT IN BLACK & WHITE: A younger Carolyn sits across from us in one of those SPINNINGTEACUP RIDES. my heart fills up burst. EXT. She shuts the door and locks it.2005 0:59 Uhr Carolyn enters.. and like a balloon that's about to http://www.O. she grabs as many of his clothes as she can and pulls them to her.com/scripts/AmericanBeauty_final.O..O. but it's hard to stay mad.ROBIN HOOD TRAIL . still clutching her PURSE. of the empty white PLASTIC BAG being blown about..and then I remember to relax.DAY On VIDEO: We're watching the video Ricky showed Jane earlier.htm Seite 89 von 89 . sometimes whipping it about violently.) (cont'd) You will someday. LESTER (V.. burying her face in them. LESTER (V. EXT.) I guess I could be pretty pissed me. then takes the GLOCK 19 out of her purse. She opens the closet door and shoves the gun into a HAMPER. off about what happened to when there's so much beauty in I'm seeing it all at once.