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American Beauty (Movies)

"And how when you see a plastic bag flying around, you think there's so much beauty in the world, you can't take it?"

This 1999 flick about the hypocritical misery of suburban life won five Oscars, including Best Cinematography. Iconic, of course, was American Beauty's gratuitous shot of a plastic bag floating in the wind for what seemed like four hours. "Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it," croons pretentious teenager Ricky as he shows the pride of his off-beat home video collection to sardonic Jane — and gets laid for his trouble.

3.11 "Poughkeepsie, Tramps and Thieves"

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