MOVIE: THE BLIND SIDE
I already have a lot of it written down I just need help putting it together.
For this paper, you will watch a film and analyze it from the social psychological perspective.
First, pick a film you would like to analyze and watch it. After watching your film, you will need
to identify THREE specific concepts from class that are illustrated in this film. (Specific
concepts means something more than just “attitudes” or “prejudice”. For example, if you picked
attitudes, you could discuss the disconnect between attitudes and behaviors, the experience of
cognitive dissonance, or sources of attitudes.)
In your paper, you need to clearly explain your three concepts and how they can be seen in the
movie. You will need to provide a specific description of how the concept is conveyed. For
example, if it is part of the plot explain how. If it is part of the character development, behavior
in a scene, evident in dialogue or something else explain how the concept is illustrated. Lastly,
you will need to assess whether or not the film portrays social psychology accurately – here it is
helpful to think of some of the experiments we talked about in class. Do the experimental
findings support the depiction of your social psychological concepts in the film?
Almost any film will work for this assignment, but only some can be used.
Your film should be fiction, and therefore cannot be a documentary or one based on true
events. Additionally, you MAY NOT use the following films for this assignment:
o 12 Angry Men, American History X, Fight Club, Shrek
o If you disregard this direction, you will get a 0 on your final paper, no
Your paper should be roughly 5 typed pages, assuming regular font-size, margin and 1.5
spacing. Please focus more on content than length – make sure that you include and explain all of
the relevant material.
While the structure of your paper may vary slightly, you should plan on having the following
Introduction for paper
Brief overview of film (the key word here is brief – focus on a summary that includes
only important aspects)
Identification and explanation of concept 1
Evidence for concept 1 in film
Identification and explanation of concept 2
Evidence for concept 2 in film
Identification and explanation of concept 3
Explanation for concept 3 in film
Assessment of accuracy in film depiction of concepts