american beauty

Carolyn Burnham: This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.
Lester Burnham: [shouts] It’s just a couch!
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Carolyn Burnham: Honey, I’m so proud of you. I watched you very closely, and you didn’t screw up once!
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Ricky Fitts: It was one of those days when it’s a minute away from snowing and there’s this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that’s the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and… this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video’s a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember… and I need to remember… Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.
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Lester Burnham: You don’t think it’s kinda weird & fascist?
Carolyn Burnham: Possibly, but you don’t want to be unemployed.
Lester Burnham: Oh well, all right, let’s all sell our souls and work for Satan because it’s more convenient that way.
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Angela Hayes: Yeah? Well, at least I’m not ugly!
Ricky Fitts: Yes, you are. And you’re boring, and you’re totally ordinary, and you know it.
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Carolyn Burnham: Well, I see you’re smoking pot now. I think using psychotropic drugs is a very positive example to set for our daughter.
Lester Burnham: You’re one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak.
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Angela Hayes: I’m serious. He just pulled down his pants and yanked it out. You know, like, “Say hello to Mr. Happy.”
Playground Girl #1: Gross.
Angela Hayes: It wasn’t gross. It was kinda cool.
Playground Girl #1: So did you do it with him?
Angela Hayes: Of course I did. He’s like a really well known photographer. He shoots for “Elle” on like a regular basis. It would have been so majorly stupid of me to turn him down.
Playground Girl #2: You are a total prostitute.
Angela Hayes: Hey! That’s how things really are. You just don’t know ’cause you’re this pampered little suburban chick.
Playground Girl #2: So are you. You’ve only been in “Seventeen” once and you looked fat! So stop acting like you’re goddamn Christy Turlington!
Angela Hayes: Cunt! I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me.

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Lester Burnham: This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.

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