Spin Off Blogathon
The always lovely Lady Sati over at Cinematic Corner is hosting her first ever blogathon! If we could pick a background character from any film, and give them a film of their own, who would it be? I'll have to turn to my all time favorite film for this one. Thanks for hosting, Sati!
I picked Barbara Fitts from American Beauty.
Barbara is the epitome of a meek housewife. She seems dazed, uninterested, she's probably terrified of her strict husband at times. Who knows how she ended up with him in the first place?
Let's assume she leaves this marriage after Frank shoots Lester. The original ending of American Beauty had Ricky and Jane going on trial for Lester's murder. Barbara knows it's Frank, and seeing her only son being persecuted for his crime is the one thing that pushes her over the edge. Yet she's too afraid to speak the truth.
The movie would be about her journey to happiness. Barbara was a spit fire before she got married and now that's she's free, she can take the world head on. Perhaps she loses the mousy look and gets make over.
She wouldn't marry again but she finds someone that adores her. Someone who likes bacon and will wear a raincoat in bad weather without her asking. Someone who shares similar interests. Someone that she can laugh WITH when she watches TV with them on a quiet night at home. Of course, since it's me, the movie would have it's darker moments where she has to cope with her son being in jail. But at the end of the film, she will get the courage to come forward and tell the police that it was actually Frank. That she buried his bloody clothes, and that she didn't say anything because she was afraid. Her testimony would ensure her no jail time, just probation, so she can still enjoy her new life and have Ricky to share it with too. However Frank has disappeared, so he never gets tried.
I would watch an entire movie on Barbara just to insure her happiness, because even though she was only in a few scenes, I really felt for this woman.