Lester is seeking the slightest possibility of happiness. Throughout the story, Lester is consistently reminiscing on his past; wishing he could have it back. In the beginning of the movie, Lester, as the narrator, states that it is never too late to regain your past. The catalyst to this frame of thought is Jane's friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). Lester feels excited by the thought that a teenage girl thinks he is hot. Lester overhears Angela state that she would have sex with him if Lester would start working out. This drives Lester to change himself completely. Lester, in desperate search of happiness, finds an escape in Angela. Much like a teenage boy, Lester thinks that if he can score with a girl like Angela, then he will be reborn.
Lester's mission for happiness and escape is further perpetuated by his eighteen year old neighbor, Ricky (Wes Bently). Lester sees his model for rebirth in Ricky. Lester calls Ricky his hero and is in awe of Ricky's confidence. Lester then begins a transformation back to his stereotypical understanding of what a teenager is. Lester begins to work out, smoke pot and drink beer. Much like a teen, he rebels against responsibility by... [continues]
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