The best schoolyard scene

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American Beauty
Mon 6 Mar 2000 08.10 EST

During their lunch break, high school students Jane Burnham (Thora Birch) and Angela Hayes (Mena Suvari) discuss extra-curricular activities.

"I'm serious," exclaims aspiring model Angela. "He just pulled down his pants and yanked it out. Like 'Say hello to Mr Happy'". Jane looks nauseous.


"It wasn't gross. It was kinda cool."

"So, did you do it with him?"

"Of course I did. He shoots for Elle on, like, a regular basis. It would have been so majorly stupid to turn him down."

"You are a total prostitute."

"Hey, that's how things really are!" rages Angela. "You just don't know because you're this pampered little suburban chick."

"So are you!" Jane spits. " You've only been in Seventeen once! And you looked fat !"

Anglea pouts bitterly.

"I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me."

Suddenly, Jane's neighbour Ricky Fitts (Wes Bentley) appears in the distance.

"Oh my God," Jane whispers, "that's the pervert who filmed me last night."

"Him? No way, he's a total lunatic. We were in the same lunch shift in ninth grade. And he would always say the most random, weird things. And then one day he was just, like, gone. Connie Cardule told me his parents put him in a mental institution."

"Why? They can't put you away just for saying weird things."

"You little slut! You've got a crush on him!"

See also: The Belles of St Trinians

Don't see also: Sister Act 2 - Back In The Habit

Pointless trivia: Before her birth in 1982, Thora Birch's parents planned to have a son named Thor