Your writing assignment has the following requirements: Title page in APA style should be the first page of your paper. Text Length at least 4 double-spaced pages in length, using 12 point APA accepted font, e.g., Times New Roman. Margins should be 1” top, bottom, left, and right. Utilize your textbook and 3 outside professional reference articles. Use two or more paragraphs to describe each scene/concept/topic as outlined below. Consult the textbook and chosen article references for a theoretical explanation for the activities/scene about which you are writing and analyzing. Remember to use good grammar! No comma splices or fragments. No misspelled words. Watch pronoun references. Reread for wordiness and awkward spots. Have someone else read your assignment. APA references for your textbook and your 3 professional references should be the last page of your paper written correctly using APA style. The APA mechanics of your paper and writing quality are worth 20 points of your grade. A. Discuss at least one or two scenes from the movie that represent ageism or other cultural issue such as sex, ethnicity, or socioeconomic bias experienced by one or more of the main characters in the movie. (See chapters 1 & 2 for help with this question). B. Describe the scene(s) briefly. Describe any the relevant issue that you saw in the scene(s) related to the topic you have chosen in this category. Discuss the concepts and / or theories from your textbook that are relevant to the scene(s) that you have chosen for this part of the assignment. Remember to reference your textbook and one of your select outside references when explaining the importance of this scene(s) to adult development. This section of your assignment is worth 15 points of your grade. Discuss one or two scenes from the movie that represents a life crisis being experienced by one or more of the main characters. (Depending on the movie you chose to analyze, several chapters in your textbook could be helpful answering this question, such as chapters 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, or 13). Describe the scene(s) briefly. Describe any the relevant issue(s) that you saw in the scene(s) related to the topic you have chosen in this category. Discuss the concepts and / or theories from your textbook that are relevant to the scene(s) that you have chosen for this part of the assignment. Remember to reference your textbook and one of your select outside references when explaining the importance of this scene to adult development. This section of your assignment is worth 15 points of your grade. C. Discuss one or two scenes from the movie that represent a cognitive psychology concept discussed in your textbook (see chapters 6 &7 for concept ideas and theories) in relation to one or more of the main characters in the movie. Describe the scene(s) briefly. Describe any the relevant issue that you saw in the scene(s) related to the topic you have chosen in this category. Discuss the concepts and / or theories from your textbook that are relevant to the scene(s) that you have chosen for this part of the assignment. Remember to reference your textbook and one of your select outside references when explaining the importance of the scene(s) to adult development. This section of your assignment is worth 15 points of your grade. D. Discuss one or two scenes from the movie that represent a social psychology concept discussed in your textbook (see chapters 8, 9, 10 & 14 for concept ideas and theories) in relation to one or more of the main characters in the movie. Describe the scene(s) briefly. Describe any the relevant issue that you saw in the scene related to the topic your have chosen in this category. Discuss the concepts and / or theories from your textbook that are relevant to the scene(s) that you have chosen for this part of the assignment. Remember to reference your textbook and one of your select outside references when explaining the importance of the scene(s) to adult development. This section of your assignment is worth 15 points of your grade. IMPORTANT ANSWER GUIDELINES Chapter 10 could have concepts relevant to answers for section B or D; however, you may not use the chapter twice in the assignment. For instance, if you choose to use retirement as a life crisis in question B, you may not use another concept in chapter 10 to answer section D. You may not use the same topic you chose to present in Writing Assignment 1 from chapter 5 or 11 as a concept or answer for section B. In other words, no self-plagiarism from any chapter or other assignment for this class or another class you have had during your educational career. You are only required to have 3 outside references so you may have one section where your answer only references your textbook. Your 3 professional references must be from professional journals or books written by professional authors. Such references might include American Psychologist, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Adulthood and Aging, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Gerontology, educational or professional Internet references. Your paper may include references from other textbooks, lay Internet references, lecture notes, encyclopedias, and lay magazines (e.g. Newsweek, Time, and Psychology Today) but these must be in addition to your three professional references and your textbook, and will not count for extra credit. You may earn extra credit for 2 additional professional references outside the 3 references required in the assignment. These references must be cited and referenced correctly in your assignment to receive extra credit. MIDDLE ADULTHOOD MOVIE CHOICES The Big Chill (1983) – R Harold and Sarah Cooper, a couple whose marital troubles are put on hold while they host an unhappy reunion of former college pals gathered for the funeral of one of their own, a suicide victim named Alex. As the weekend unfolds, the friends catch up with each other, play the music of their youth, reminisce, smoke marijuana, and pair off with each other in unexpected combinations. Included are Michael, a smarmy journalist; Sam, a TV star; Karen, unhappily married and pining for Sam; Nick, a drug-addicted Vietnam vet; and Meg, a single career woman who wants a child. Joining the group is Alex’s bizarre girlfriend Chloe, who finds new love with Nick. As they learn to deal with the truth about the loss of idealism in their lives and Alex’s sad demise, the friends find their bond still intact, while the marriage of Harold and Sarah is healed in an unusual way that’s in sync with the era of their youth. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi The Calendar Girls (2003) – PG 13 Calendar Girls, based on the true story of a group of working-class British homemakers who became overnight celebrities by posing for a nude calendar in order to raise more than 500-thousand pounds for a new leukemia unit. The film follows the adventures of best friends Chris Harper and Annie Clarke, both members of the charitable Rylstone Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire. After Annie’s husband John succumbs to leukemia, the friends are motivated to take some action. They convince the group to craft a tastefully nude calendar featuring the usual ladies’ activities of gardening and baking, as photographed by the young amateur Lawrence. Despite the disapproval of the Institute’s leader Marie, the calendar quickly becomes a best-seller and leads the group to Hollywood. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi In Good Company (2004) – PG 13 A middle-aged man finds a callow twenty something usurping his professional life and worming his way into his family in this alternately funny and poignant comedy drama. Dan Foreman is a middle-aged man who has spent 20 years as the head of advertising sales for “Sports America,” a leading athletics magazine. Dan is happily married to Ann and has a college-age daughter, Alex, whom he dotes on, but Dan’s comfortable life is given a major shake-up when a large multimedia firm buys the magazine. Seen as a bit long in the tooth to be truly competitive, Dan is demoted to second in command of advertising, and his position is handed over to Carter Duryea, a 26-year-old who talks a good game about sales but has no practical experience in the field. Dan’s wounded ego makes working with the arrogant Carter an uphill battle, but when he learns that Ann is expecting another baby, Dan is in no position to quit. Before long, Dan becomes aware of Carter’s intense insecurities about his new job as the younger man reaches out to him for guidance, but this doesn’t make Dan any less angry when Carter begins a romance with Alex after his marriage crashes and burns. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi The First Wives Club (1996) – PG Three women plot revenge on their two-timing husbands in this comedy. Brenda, Elise, and Annie were close friends in college, but 27 years after graduation, they’ve lost touch with each other, and it’s not until a mutual friend of the three commits suicide that they meet at the funeral for the first time in years. It seems that their friend grew despondent after her husband left her for a younger woman, and all three find themselves in similar situations. Elise is an actress who finds herself out of work now that she’s seen the shady side of 40, and her husband and producer Bill is demanding a divorce (and half of her fortune). Brenda helped her husband Morton open a profitable chain of discount electronics stores, but now that his commercials have made him a minor celebrity, he’s taken up with a much younger (and thinner) woman. Annie has allowed her husband Aaron (Stephen Collins) to use her as a doormat throughout their marriage, and she’s at a loss now that he’s leaving her. After comparing notes, Brenda, Elise, and Annie decide that it’s time to do something about their problems, and they hatch an elaborate blackmail scheme that will win them control of their ex-husband’s businesses and allow them to do something positive with the money they helped earn. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi ￼￼￼￼ The Full Monty (1997) – R Six guys with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing for fun and profit in this international hit comedy. Gaz and Dave are two former steelworkers in the British industrial town of Sheffield who have been devastated by the economic downturn in their community. Gaz is threatened with losing visitation rights with his son if he can’t pay his child support, while Dave feels emasculated by his inability to support his wife. One day, Gaz stops by a local pub for a drink and is told it’s women only tonight — the Chippendales male exotic dancing troupe is playing, and they are demanding a hefty cover charge. Gaz decides there’s nothing a bunch of pantywaists from America can do that he and his pals can’t do better, and decides to form his own crew of male strippers, called “Hard Steel.” However, the local talent pool leaves a bit to be desired. Gaz isn’t bad looking, but Dave is a bit heavy and very self conscious about it. Horse was probably hot stuff at Soul Night in the mid-70’s, but his joints don’t move like they used to. Guy can’t dance to save his life, but makes the troupe because … well, his other gifts. Lomper is sometimes too busy attempting suicide to practice. In addition, Gerald, their choreographer, isn’t much on male exotic dancing — ballroom dancing is more his speed. While Hard Steel’s performances are more amusing then enticing, for the first time since they lost their jobs the men have a reason to get up in the morning; joining the group has given them a circle of friendship, and a renewed sense of purpose. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi The Rookie (2002) – G The true story of a middle-aged baseball rookie, twelve years ago, the pro baseball aspirations of Texas pitcher Jim Morris were derailed by a severe shoulder injury. Jim became a high school science teacher and baseball coach, married his sweetheart, Lorri and settled down to raise a family. After corrective surgery repairs, despite the longstanding damage to his shoulder, Jim discovers that he can pitch a ball even faster than he could before. When his team delivers a lackluster on-field performance in a losing game, coach and players agree to a wager: If they’ll make it to the district championships, he’ll try out for a major league ball club. When his team makes it to the championship and wins for the first time in the school’s history, Jim is forced to live up to his end of the bargain. Nearly laughed off the field, he confounds the pro scouts by tossing successive fastballs that clock at nearly 100 miles per hour. It seems that Jim is about to live his dream of joining a major league team in middle age, when most players are planning their retirement. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi The Women (2008) – PG 13 Clothing designer Mary Haines lives in a beautiful suburban Connecticut home with her wealthy financier husband Steven and their 11-year-old daughter Molly. Her best friend since college, Sylvie Fowler, is the editor of a prominent fashion magazine that dictates the latest in taste and style for New York City fashionistas. When Sylvie learns Steven is involved with Crystal Allen, a perfume salesgirl in, from chatty manicurist Tanya, she confides in the ever-pregnant Edie Cohen but hesitates to tell Mary, who discovers the news from the same woman after getting a manicure herself. Despite her mother Catherine’s exhortation to keep quiet about what she knows and a holiday away, Mary confronts Crystal first, in a lingerie store, and then Steven, before asking for a divorce. Sylvie, Edie, and Alex join forces to support their spurned friend, but complications arise when Sylvie, facing the loss of her job, conspires with local gossip columnist by confirming Mary’s marital woes in exchange for Bailey contributing a celebrity profile to the magazine. Mary is fired from her job by her father and decides to open her own clothing design firm with some financial assistance from Catherine. As she begins to get her life in order, she makes an effort to bond with Molly, who reveals her father’s relationship with Crystal is unraveling and reunites with Sylvie, who has quit her job. With this knowledge in hand, Mary sets out to repair her fractured marriage as she prepares to unveil her new line of women’s wear in a fashion show attended not only by boutique owners but the buyer from Saks, as well. ~ Wikipedia Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) – PG 13 A woman starts her life over with a new home in a new land in this romantic comedy drama. Frances is a writer in her mid-’30s who feels emotionally derailed after her divorce. Unhappy and unable to write, she isn’t sure what to do with her life, and her best friend Patti decides she needs some time away from her problems. With that in mind, Patti gives Frances a ticket for a two-week tour of the Tuscany region of Italy; while there, Frances finds a dilapidated old villa. Charmed by the warmth, beauty, and charm of the small town of Cortona, Frances impulsively decides to buy the villa, thinking she can fix it up herself. The home proves to be more of a handyman’s special than she imagined, but as she slowly gets the hang of household maintenance, Italian style, Frances develops a new confidence as she makes friends with her neighbors and finds love. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi ￼￼￼￼ OLDER ADULTHOOD MOVIE CHOICES The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) – PG 13 A small group of British retirees learn that the life they want to live might not be the life they need to live after pooling their resources to spend their twilight years in a unique setting located in India. Upon arriving at the once- opulent Marigold Hotel, however, the eager pensioners come to realize that rumors of the building’s restoration have been greatly exaggerated. However, just when it starts to seem that the privileged seniors have been swindled out of their life savings, they summon the courage to sever their ties to the past, and embrace their new life with a sense of wonder and adventure. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Driving Miss Daisy (1990) – PG Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy, strong-willed Southern matron and her equally indomitable Black chauffeur, Hoke. Both employer and employee are outsiders, Hoke because of the color of his skin, Miss Daisy because she is Jewish in a WASP-dominated society. At the same time, Hoke cannot fathom Miss Daisy’s cloistered inability to grasp the social changes that are sweeping the South in the 1960s. Nor can Miss Daisy understand why Hoke’s “people” are so indignant. It is only when Hoke is retired and Miss Daisy is confined to a home for the elderly that the two fully realize that they’ve been friends and kindred spirits all along. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Guarding Tess (1994) – PG 13 A man trained for a life of excitement and danger is given a new and unexpected challenge — minding a grouchy old woman — in this comedy. Doug Chesnic is a Secret Service agent who takes great pride in his job, performing his duties with the utmost professionalism and always minding the details. However, his assignment for the last three years has been a severe test of his patience; Tess Carlisle is the widow of a former U.S. president who is well known for her diplomatic and philanthropic work, and Doug has been in charge of her security force. Tess tends to regard Doug less as a security officer and more like a domestic servant, like her chauffeur or her nurse. While Doug regards it as beneath his professional dignity to perform little chores around the house or bring Tess her breakfast in bed, she orders him to do so, and he’s in no position to say, “no.” Sometimes, Tess even refuses to obey Doug’s security instructions, and should he argue his point too strongly, Tess will contact her close friend, the President of the United States, and ask him to give Doug a severe dressing down. So when Doug’s three year hitch with Tess comes to an end, he asks to be given a more exciting and challenging assignment. However, Tess has other ideas; she’s decided that she likes working with Doug, and she demands that his assignment be made permanent. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi On Golden Pond (1981) – PG There’s little that happens in On Golden Pond that isn’t thoroughly predictable from the start, but the film is blessed with so much star power, charm and honest sentiment that everyone in the audience is willing to ignore the clichés and go the distance. In his last film, Henry Fonda plays Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old retired professor, making his annual pilgrimage with his wife Katharine Hepburn to their New England summer cottage. Their solitude is interrupted when the couple’s daughter Chelsea arrives with her fiancé Bill and his son, Billy, in tow. It takes a while, but the couple, about to go on a vacation of their own, persuades her parents into taking care of the teenager. Norman and Billy dislike each other from Square One, and it looks as though this summer will be a depressing experience. Gradually, they grow to love one another; their bond is strengthened during a near-fatal accident while fishing. It is through the warm relationship between Norman and the Billy that the old man and his daughter are at last able to display affection towards each other–the first time they’ve done so in years. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi Quartet (2013) – PG 13 Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald, Jean’s ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of “Rigoletto.” Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice. ￼￼￼￼￼ The Queen (2006) – PG 13 After the death of Princess Diana, HM Queen Elizabeth II struggles with her reaction to a sequence of events nobody could have predicted. In the film, the Royal Family regards Diana’s death as a private affair and thus not to be treated as an official Royal death. This is in contrast with the views of Tony Blair and Diana’s ex-husband, Prince Charles, who favor the public’s desire for an official expression of grief. The media, royal protocol regarding Diana’s official status, and wider issues about Republicanism, further complicate matters. ~ Wikipedia Trouble with the Curve (2012) – PG 13 An aging baseball scout with failing sight hits the road with his estranged daughter to pursue a promising young ballplayer, and they learn just how much they have in common, as they make their way from Georgia to North Carolina in this sports drama produced and directed by frequent Eastwood collaborator Robert Lorenz. For decades, Gus Lobel has been one of the best scouts in Major League Baseball. However, these days his eyes just aren’t what they used to be, and as a phenomenal young batter enters the draft, the owners of the Atlanta Braves cast a shadow of doubt over Gus’ judgment. Meanwhile, his daughter Mickey is an aspiring partner at a major Atlanta law firm. In the wake of his wife’s death, Gus sent Mickey away, and their relationship has been strained ever since. Mickey knows a thing or two about baseball, and recognizing that her father’s job is in jeopardy, she decides to help him — even at the risk of derailing her own career. Now, throwing caution to the wind (and ignoring her gruff father’s objections), Mickey joins Gus for a scouting trip that could keep him in the game until he’s ready to retire, as well as repair a father/daughter relationship that once seemed all but lost. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi An Unfinished Life (2005) – PG 13 Two generations of a damaged family are brought together in this emotional drama. Einar Gilkyson was a once successful rancher whose spread went to seed after he developed a serious drinking problem. Now on the wagon, Einar looks after what’s left of his spread with his friend Mitch, a one-time cowhand who never fully recovered after being mauled by a bear. Einar once had a son named Griffin, but he died in a car wreck while Griffin’s wife, Jean, was driving; Einar never forgave her for the death, and he had never met the granddaughter she was carrying until she arrived at his doorstep 11 years later. Jean becomes involved with a violent man, and seeks refuge on Einar’s ranch for the safety of her daughter, Griff. Einar reluctantly takes in Jean and Griff, giving them a place to stay as Jean looks for work and tries to put her life back together. But old trouble makes its way back to town in two ways — Gary tracks down Jean and wants to make her pay for leaving him, while the bear who attacked Mitch comes down from the mountains looking for new prey. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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