Movie Analysis |

Kassin, S., Fein, S., & Markus, H. R. (2016). Social psychology (10th ed.). reference the book within your response not just at the end as well as other references.
One of the interesting things about social psychology is that its concepts can be observed and analyzed in so many contexts: regular daily life, current events, television shows, movies, etc. Your task in this optional extra-credit assignment is to identify and analyze in a movie one of the social psychology concepts we’ve studied. Select one of the movies listed below or another of your own choice. Think about how you intend to relate the movie themes and plot to a particular social psychology concept or theory. It’s important that you select a movie that lends itself to illustrating the social psychology concept you want to describe.
Your task in the movie analysis is to analyze the application of a target social psychological phenomenon in a movie. View the film at least once (although two viewings offers a distinct advantage), then highlight how relevant social psychological phenomena are depicted in the film. In your movie analysis, you should:

introduce the movie and briefly describe the relevant scene ( ½ to 1 page)
describe in detail the social psychological principle and its sub-concepts that you believe are relevant ( ½ to 1 page)
elaborate on how the selected scene conforms and/or fails to conform to the social psychological principle you have identified (2 to 3 pages)
conclude with a short discussion to tie things together (1 page)

The movie analysis will be approximately 4 to 6 pages (NOT including title, abstract [if included], or reference pages). That APA style paper must be organized, presented, and referenced (in text and full citations).
Movies that illustrate social psychological phenomena:

Being John Malkovich

Examines person perception, self, attitudes, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, personal relationships, gender

Summer of Sam

Deals with person perception, prejudice, social influence, aggression

Boys Don’t Cry

Issues dealing with prejudice, gender, discrimination, attitudes, attitude change, person perception, self, social influence, interpersonal attraction, personal relationships, helping behavior, aggression

Pretty Woman

Addresses person perception, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, personal relationships, gender, helping behavior, aggression

American Beauty

Deals with social cognition, person perception, self, attitude change, interpersonal attraction, personal relationships, aggression


Examines social cognition, person perception, self, attitude change, prejudice, personal relationships, aggression

The Abyss

Deals with social cognition, self, attitudes, social influence, personal relationships, group behavior, helping behavior, aggression

Fight Club

Addresses person perception, attitudes, social influence, group behavior, aggression

Shaft (old one)

Issues with person perception, attitudes, prejudice, aggression, helping behavior

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman

Examines social cognition, person perception, self, attitudes, personal relationships

Cast Away

Issues dealing with social cognition, self, attitudes and attitude change

Remember the Titans

Addresses social cognition, person perception, attitude change, prejudice, interpersonal attraction, group behavior

Quiz Show

Examines social cognition, person perception, attitudes and attitude change

Twelve Angry Men

Issues with social cognition, person perception, attitudes, prejudice, social influence, group behavior, aggression, helping behavior

The Joy Luck Club

Addresses social cognition, person perception, self, attitudes, and personal relationships

The Boiler Room

Examines attitudes and attitude change, aggression, social influence, group behavior

Mississippi Burning

Includes group dynamics, prejudice, social cognition, attitude change

Lord of the Flies

Addresses group behavior, self, attitudes, helping, aggression, social cognition

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