Child-rearing styles.


The Movie I would like to analyze is ____________________ .

Your Answer:

The movie I would like to analyze is Big Daddy.


Identify your first concept and BRIEFLY explain how it is relevant to your movie. 


Your Answer:

The first concept would be Child-rearing styles. In this movie, Sonny adopted a permissive parenting style where he allowed the child to make his own choices, so much that he even allowed him to choose his own name! Sonny later learns that this style of parenting is causing trouble in the child’s schooling and resorts to being more assertive in the child’s decision making process.


Identify your second concept and BRIEFLY explain how it is relevant to your movie. 

Your Answer:

My second concept would be aggression. Sonny displays hostility through both physical and verbal aggression towards others. The child observes this behavior and imitates the same behaviors in situations. The child, Julian, actually feels seeing others get physically hurt is comical. It seems that Sonny’s outrageous and aggressive behavior is a result of his father’s authoritarian child-rearing style.


dentify your third concept and BRIEFLY explain how it is relevant to your movie. 

Your Answer:

The third concept I would cover in relation to the movie is resilience. If not for this 5 year-old’s resilience, Sonny probably would have placed the child with social services. Julian was “delivered” to Sonny’s door with no idea as to who Sonny was or why his mother left him there. We later learn that Julian’s mom dies from cancer. While with his mother there probably was a considerable amount of neglect being as though she was probably to weak and sick to tend to her son needs and the next best person to leave him to is a complete stranger. Considering this, Julian was an adaptive and happy young boy. Also, the sunglasses that Sonny gives Julian help Julian adapt to anxious situations and calm his fear.

My professors comment on my answers was:

I approve of these topics, but I think that you should also consider issues related to Sonny’s development and perhaps adoption.





Movie Report

  • Due7/25by 11:59pm
  • Points 200
  • Submitting a file upload
  • Available after Jun 2 at 12am

Movie Analysis Paper (200 points): Select a movie that focuses on a particular stage of development. Your task will be to identify concepts/theories that are discussed in the text and indicate the extent to which the movie has accurately portrayed your developmental stage of interest.


Paper Instructions:

  1. Select a film and get permission to proceed to watch the film. Submit your movie for approval (via Canvas; week 4 module) before 11:59pm on 7/5.
  2. View the Movie
  3. Summarize the storyline and main characters (1 page Max)
  4. Identify three concepts that are covered in the text regarding your selected stage of development (Hint: create a header in your paper for each theme, e.g., Parenting Style, Attachment, Friendship in Adolescence)
  5. For each concept briefly summarize what psychologists empirically know about this concept (cite the text or other sources for the information) and then discuss how each theme was portrayed in the film. Were they accurate depictions of the concept?
  6. View the movie againDid you miss anything?
  7. Write a conclusion. Include what you would add or change about the film to reflect the empirical understanding of development. Also note whether or not you are left with any questions about the concepts you chose. If not, tell why not and if you are, what questions remain?
  8. Avoid Plagiarism! Create a reference page and make sure that you cite your work throughout the paper, following APA format. (NOTE: You may simply use your textbook and the movie. Using additional sources is not required)
  9. Submit paper by 11:59pm on 7/25


  • The report should be typed in black, 12-point, Times New Roman font
  • Include an APA-formatted title page.
  • NO abstract is required.
  • Reports should include headers for each of the 5 required section
    • Movie Summary
    • Concepts/Theories (one for each; there should be 3)
    • Conclusion (Include proposed changes/Remaining Questions).
  • Paraphrase! Do not include any direct quotes from your references unless you are defining a term.
  • APA-style References
    • At the end there should be a reference page (include at least the movie and your textbook)
    • For every citation in the text, the source should be on the reference page.
    • Do not include any sources on the reference page that you did not actually cite in the paper.
  • The paper should be 5 pages (the title and reference pages do NOT count toward the page requirement). There will be a penalty for papers that are too long (more than 6 pages) or too short (fewer than 5).
  • Use 1” margins
  • Double-space the paper
  • Your writing should be formal and professional. Your work should not read like a casual conversation you would have with a friend.
  • Avoid using contractions (e.g., write “cannot” instead of “can’t”)
  • Paper should be in APA format. For more style help, visit this website: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)


Suggested Movie List: Select one of the movies below or propose your own

  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Parenthood
  • Look Who’s Talking : One or Two
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Matilda
  • Under the Same Moon
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Little Giants
  • Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Big Daddy
  • The Game Plan
  • South Central
  • Three Men & A Baby
  • Water
  • High School Musical
  • Ghost World
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Easy A
  • The Hunger Games
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Dead Poet’s Society
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Juno
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Mean Girls
  • October Sky
  • Thirteen Going on Thirty
  • Remember the Titans.
  • What to Expect When You’re Expecting
  • Bucket List


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