Watch a movie that is centered around older adulthood.
Appropriate movies include (but are not limited to):
Still Alice (2014) The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (1999)
Last Vegas (2013) Waking Ned Devine (1998)
Quartet (2012) As Good as it Gets (1997)
Amour (2012) To Dance with the White Dog (1993) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) Grumpy Old Men (1993)
The Bucket List (2008) Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
Away From Her (2007) Batteries Not Included (1987)
Ladies in Lavender (2004) Foxfire (1987)
Bubba Ho-Tep (2004) Tough Guys (1986)
About Schmidt (2002) Cocoon (1985)
Iris (2001) The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001) Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) Space Cowboys (2000) The Sunshine Boys (1975)
Finding Forrester (2000) Harold and Maude (1971)
On Golden Pond (1981) The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Straight Story (1999) Tokyo Story (1953)
Write a 3-4 page paper (double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, 1” margins) on the movie you watched. Submit it to Turnitin via the course site
The paper should address each of the following:
1. Correct paper length (3-4 pages) (5 points)
2. What was the name of your movie, and what year was it set in? What genre was the movie (comedy, drama, science fiction, etc.)? Include a brief summary of the plot in 1 – 2 paragraphs. (5 points)
3. Regarding the main characters who are in late adulthood: What gender and ethnicity are each of them? Are they portrayed stereotypically in terms of their age, for example, as having dementia or as being wise? (5 points)
4. Are issues of death and dying dealt with? If so, how? (5 points)
5. Describe the movie in regards to each of the theoretical orientations:
Psychoanalytical (5 points) –Where are each of the main late adulthood characters in terms of Erikson’s stages? How do you know?
Behavioral (5 points) – How well does behaviorism explain the late adulthood characters’ behavior? Explain and provide specific examples, using behavioral terminology.
Social Learning (5 points) – How well does social learning theory explain the late adulthood characters’ behavior (especially think about self-efficacy)? Explain and provide specific examples, using social learning theory terminology.
Cognitive (5 points) – Is there any evidence of cognitive declines among main characters who are in late adulthood? Are there any changes due to age in either fluid or crystallized intelligence shown?
Humanistic (5 points) – Where are each of the late adulthood characters in terms of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs? How can you tell?
6. Which theoretical orientation was the best fit to explain the movie you watched? Explain and provide specific examples. (5 points)