I will sell this house today
watch a funny video with Annette Bening as Carolyn, an ambitious real estate broker (as an intermediary between sellers and buyers of real estate/property).
Dialogues with pictures
ML320 pulls into the driveway, driven by Carolyn. A moving van is parked in front of the colonial house next door.
A couple of movers carry a couch down the driveway toward the house.]
CAROLYN: So we finally got new neighbors. If the Lomans had let me represent them instead of the Real Estate King that house would never have sat on the market for six months.
[BURNHAM & ASSOCIATES OPEN HOUSE TODAY
The car is parked in front of the house. In front of a different house with much more curb appeal is another sign, with a picture. It reads: ANOTHER ONE SOLD BY BUDDY KANE THE "KING" OF REAL ESTATE "call me". SALE HOUSE - living ROOM - MOMENTS LATER we see Carolyn, working with fierce concentration as she: doggedly scrubs countertops in the kitchen; perches on a stepladder to dust a cheap-looking white ceiling fan in the mater bedroom; and vacuums a dirty carpet that will never be clean. Throughout all this, she keeps repeating to herself:]
CAROLYN: I will sell this house today.
[EXT. SALE HOUSE - front YARD - LATER CLOSE on the front door, as it opens to reveal Carolyn, greeting us with her most winning smile - the smile she thinks could sell ice to an Eskimo.]
CAROLYN: Welcome. I'm Carolyn Burnham.
[Smiling, Carolyn leads a man and woman into the living room. They're thirsty, and they've seen a lot of houses today.]
CAROLYN: This living room is very dramatic. Wait till you see the native stone fireplace! A simple cream could really lighten things up. You could even put in a skylight. Well, why don't
we go into the kitchen?
It's a dream come true for any cook. Just filled with positive energy. You'll be surprised how much a ceiling fan can cut down on your energy costs. You know, you could have some really fun backyard get-togethers out here. BUYER #1:
The ad said this pool was lagoon-like.
Nothing lagoon-like about it. Except for maybe the bugs! There isn't any place like here. CAROLYN: There aren't even any plants out here! What do you call this? Is this not this a plant? If you have a problem with the plants, I can call my landscape architect. Solved! BUYER #2: I think lagoon, I think waterfall. I think tropical. This is a cement hole. CAROLYN: I have some tiki torches in the garage.
[Carolyn enters, alone. She's furious. She locks the and starts to cry. Suddenly she slaps herself, hard.]
CAROLYN: Shut up! Stop it! You weak. You baby! Shut up!
[She stops crying and taking deep, even breaths until she has everything under control. She walks out calmly, leaving us alone in the dark, empty room.]
Bening recalled women from her youth to inform her performance: "I used to babysit constantly. You'd go to church and see how people present themselves on the outside, and then be inside their house and see the difference." (American Beauty - Wikipedia)
Carolyn is a real estate agent who undergoes life changes in reaction to her husband's, including an energetic affair with a rival real estate agent.