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Whole Movie Portal, ESL movie lesson, American Beauty

(focus on middle-class crisis)

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Contains 12 movie quotes & 6 Academic Words (AWL*).
A dark comedy of suburban America where ordinary people try to realize their dreams and deny their fears.  Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) faces twenty years of feeling sedated.  His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening) fears being a victim, while their daughter Janie fears being ignored.  Her best friend Angela cannot cope with being ordinary.  The new neighbor, Colonel Fitts fears homosexuality as much as his son Ricky fears fear itself.  How does it end?  Academy Award for Best Picture, Actor, Director (Sam Mendes).  Rated R (120 min.)  mike laib 2010.

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3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
4. Remember: Most questions on the lesson are easy for a native speaker of English to answer, so the movie itself is the answer key.
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