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Movies About Spiritual Awakening: American Beauty

Lester’s Written Job Description: “My job consists of basically masking my contempt for the assholes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men’s room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that doesn’t so closely resemble Hell.”

“I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die.”

Carolyn: “Ah…whose care is that out front?” Lester:”Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I RULE!”

“First of all, that one second isn’t a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time…”

“Your wife is with another man….and you don’t care?”  Lester:”Our marriage is just for show.  A commercial for how normal we are when we’re anything but.”

” For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars… And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street… Or my grandmother’s hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper… And the first time I saw my cousin Tony’s brand new Firebird…”

“You have nothing to be sorry about.”

” And Janie… And Janie… And… Carolyn.”


I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me… but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst… And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, 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… You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure.  But don’t worry….”


“….you will someday.”

-Lester Burnham (played by Kevin Spacey), AMERICAN BEAUTY