In addition to entertaining us, movies also offer detailed portrayals of human behavior and human development. Your task in this paper is to analyze, from a developmental perspective, the behaviors and events depicted in one of the films listed below. You are not being asked to critique the film in terms of its value as a work of art or as entertainment. Rather, you should think carefully about the human actions and events portrayed in the film. You should then apply what you’ve learned this semester regarding the factors that predict and explain human development.
Choose one of the films listed below. All of these films should be available to rent at your local video stores or online (e.g. Netflix, Amazon, itunes, Hulu, etc). Many of these movies are also available through the library at SUNY Erie and at the public libraries. If you are unable to obtain a copy of one of these films, please let me know.
• The Bucket List • Mr. Mom
• The Notebook • Where the Heart Is
• Thirteen • Look Who’s Talking
• Grumpy Old Men •About Schmidt
• Mean Girls •The Savages
• The Story of Us • Spanglish
• My Life • Driving Miss Daisy
• Good Will Hunting • Big Daddy
• Parenthood • Nanny McPhee
• The Age of Adaline
You should view the film that you chose at least once. Then, after reviewing your class notes and readings, you should identify 3 developmental theories or principles (e.g., Sternberg’s Theory of Love, Kubler-Ross’ Stages of Grief, Erickson’s Psychosocial Theory, adolescent emotional development, Baumrind’s Parenting Styles, Social Learning Theory, Operant Conditioning, etc.) that appear to be operating in the events or individuals depicted in the film. For each theory or principle that you identify:
1. Describe in detail the theory or principle that you think is relevant (make sure that it is clear to me that you understand the principle/theory). You should cite specific pages from the textbook. You can use either APA or MLA format.
2. Briefly describe the relevant scene or scenes (you may assume that the reader has seen the film, so do not go into a lengthy description of the film but make sure that the reader can easily identify the scene). Remember, the purpose of this assignment is NOT to provide a summary and critique of the film!!
3. Elaborate on how the selected scene or scenes illustrates the theory or principle that you have identified as well as any discrepancies between the scene and what the theory or principle would predict.
Your written analysis should be succinct and well-written (4-5 pages double-spaced). Be sure to include a short Introduction to orient the reader, as well as a short Conclusion to tie things together.
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