R | | Drama
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
The classic thriller Blue Velvet (1986) has been considered an strong influence behind the film. Both films explore the darker side of American suburbia.
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. What a lame-o. Someone really should just put him out of his misery.
Ricky Fitts: Want me to kill him for you?
Jane Burnham: Yeah. Would ...
In the opening scene when Carole is cutting the American Beauty roses, she snips the first one on the stem, about 4 inches from the flower. A moment later when she is examining the flower, the stem is clearly a foot long or more.
thanks to all at the Donmar Warehouse in London and Dr. Bill and Alice
$861,531 (USA) (19 September 1999)
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