One of the greatest movies of all time, American Beauty, is a masterpiece for many reasons. But, I can watch the following over and over x 1 000 again. It's the most fabulous movie scene, as far as I'm concerned, of it's time.
It portrays dysfunctional in such a super way. Kevin Spacey gets his groove back when he falls in love with his daughter's mate. (Mena Suvari) To which:
[Dining room scene. Wife and husband eating stiff dinner, opposite ends of table. Elevator music in background]
Enter daughter. [Thora Birch - Riddled in teenage angst] “I'm late. Sorry.”
Annette Bening: [hysterically] No, no don't worry dear! Your father and I were just discussing his day at work, why don't you tell your daughter about it, honey?
Kevin Spacey: [completely chilled] “Janie, today I quit my job.
(Wife yacks hysterically)
....then I told my boss to go fuck himself, then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars! Pass the asparagus.”
Annette Bening: Yes! Your father thinks that this is some type of behaviour to be proud of!
Kevin Spacey: And your mother seems to think that I just go through my life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a Mason jar under the sink.
Annette Bening: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her, and how I marvel that you can be so contemptuous to me on the same day that your. Lose. Your. Job.
Kevin Space: I didn't lose it. It wasn't like “whoops, where'd my job go?” I. Quit! Someone pass the asparagus please.
Annette Bening: Oh oh oh! And I want to thank you for putting me under the added pressure of being the sole bread winner now!
Kevin Spacey: I actually already have a job. (He now works at the local MacDonald's or thereabouts, flipping burgers)
Annette Bening: [screeching] No, no, no. Don't give a second thought over whose going to pay the mortgage, just leave it all up to Carolyn! You gonna take care of evvvverything now Carolyn? Yes, I don't mind, I really don't. You mean evvvvverything, you don't mind having the sole responsibility of evvverything? Your husband just feels like he can just quit his job and...
Kevin Spacey: Will someone please pass me the fucking asparagus?
Daughter: I'm not going to be a part of this.
Kevin Spacey: SIT DOWN.
(Stalks over to other side of the table and picks up the platter of asparagus.)
Kevin Spacey: I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you wanna do whenever you wanna do it and I don't complain. All I want is...
Annette Bening: [going mental] Oh you don't complain? Oh please, excuse me excuse me I must be psychotic then, if you don't complain what is this? Oh you don't complain...
(Kevin Spacey stands up, faces asparagus platter towards the wall and hurls it. It smashes. Deathly silence.)
[Pause...background elevator music]
Kevin Spacey: Don't Interrupt Me. Honey.
(Sits down with a smile. And tucks in)
Kevin Spacey:....And another thing. From now on we are going to alter our dinner music, because frankly – and I don't think I'm alone here – I'm really tired of this Lawrence Wilkes shit.
PS: Mr 747 comes home tomorrow.
PPS: Izzie and George are really starting to irritate me in Grey's. Forfucksakes Izzie. You used to be my favourite. But this whole pavement-special-puppy-dog eyes thing mixed with adulterous guilt and endless other emotional angst, is wearing thin. George, you're also being an idiot. Grow up both of you and move the fuck on.