The title of the film refers to a breed of roses that while pretty and appealing in appearance, is often prone to rot underneath at the roots and branches of the plant. Thus the tag line 'look closer' tells the viewer when they look beyond the 'perfect suburban life' they will find something rancid at the root...
The story was basically about Lester Burnham, his wife and daughter, people around them and hw they affect one another's lives. everyone looked normal, and yet..each of them had their own darkest secrets..although they were unhappy,to outsiders..they were the ideal family..
Lester was being portrayed as an unhappily-married, midlife-crisis suburban male..he hated his routine and normal life..but he was terrified to change..the other characters in the film oso had very distintive and not-so-likeable characteristics..personally,i think Wes Bentley totally shone in the movie..he acted as the weird teenager living next door who sells drug..somehow, the plot would cause the audience to sympathise them instead of criticising them..
this is another movie that i'd recommend..i wont reveal too much about the storyline (too lazy to write + the story was kinda complicated)..so go and watch it if u're interested...:)