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American Beauty - Suburbia Isn't That Identical!
In the scene where Ricky's dad is driving him to school, and they are discussing homosexuals, watch in the background as they drive along. Some of the houses repeat.
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Dr. Gonzo on 05-03-2001
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capTain writes:
I do not think that this was a slip up. Just to illustrate the identical world of suburbia and how unaccepting it can be. Hence the repetition... This has been used in a lot of movies. I don't know though I may be wrong
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BloodyTear writes:
I think the director did this purposely to show how repetitive and the same society wants everything to be (or at least that society). If you watch Edward Scissor Hands you will notice how every house is the same and everyone wears pastels and how all the husbands leave and come home from work at the same time
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Liss writes:
Oh yes suburbia is THAT identical, especially if you live in a state were the growth rate is very high. For example Colorado or California, the house will be very much identical. On my street you drive down it and every other house is the same.I mean exactly the same.
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amaddee writes:
In case no one noticed, the entire movie is filled with symbolism. The repetition of homes in this scene is to demonstrate the redundancy of suburbia. And yes, it IS all the same.
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trip_n_shrooms writes:
Remember Edward Scissorhands?? All of the houses are the same, only different pastels, the husbands leave to work at the same time and return from work at the same time. I'm sure directors are allowed to exaggerate this effect to illustrate the point.
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Gary Lynch writes:
The very fact that they had to drive past the same houses illustrates that the premise is wrong!! Suburbia isn't all the same. If it were, they simply would have needed 1 shot.
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