SOCI 220 – American Popular Culture

| April 14, 2018

SOCI 220 – American Popular Culture
American Public University System

1: Movie Review
Due: by
11:55p ET Sunday of Week 2

Submit the assignment under Assignments.

The purpose of this assignment is to
critically watch and review a movie with popular culture themes/symbols in
terms of the sociological perspective and cultural theories.

Many say art imitates life, and we see a
reflection of our society and its values in art and entertainment. Others say life imitates are many of our
behaviors and values are modeled after what we see in art and
entertainment. Either way, you will find
examples of popular culture in the movies.

1) Select a movie: For this assignment, you
will need to select one movie. Even if
it is a movie you have seen before, you need to re-watch the movie with a
critical eye towards the social construction of reality and illustrations of
other sociological/cultural concepts.

Movie Options:

Hotel Rwanda


Million Dollar Baby

Office Space


Boys Don’t Cry

The Village

Cape Fear (deNiro version)

Mystic River

Last Samurai

Mothman Prophecies


The Wall


Stepford Wives

Pretty in Pink

Hoop Dreams

The Terminal

The Breakfast Club

It’s a Wonderful Life

Bowling for Columbine

Grapes of Wrath

Pretty Woman

The Hours

To Kill a Mockingbird

Citizen Kane

Cabin Fever

Clockwork Orange

Fight Club





The Gods Must be Crazy

Taxi Driver

Coming to America

American History X

Roger & Me

Fight Club

Inherit the Wind

Dead Poet’s Society

Mona Lisa’s Smile


Life is Beautiful

American Beauty

Lord of the Flies

The Truman Show

The Matrix

With Honors


Erin Brokovich

Working Girl

Risky Business

Baby Boom

Rain Man





Shawshank Redemption

Last Castle


Meet Joe Black

2) Analyze
the movie: After watching the movie,you will write
a 3-5 page review, consisting of:
a) intro paragraph noting the relevance of the movie to the course
b) one page description/summary of the contents of the film
-How was the story presented?
——-i.e. flashbacks, sequential, from a particular character’s point of
view, etc.
-What was the intention of the
film and/or filmmaker?
——-Was this intention fulfilled or met?
-Did the way the movie was
produced and presented affect the content?
-Were there specific scenes or
occurrences which stood out as being essential to the development of the story
and/or to your understanding of it?
-Major substantive points of the
-Any secondary points made?
-Any ‘unintentional’ results of
the movie?
.5-1 page in which you discuss how popular culture themes were
constructed in the movie use at least 3
d) 1-2 pages in which you use at least 4 sociological/cultural
concepts covered in this course to analyze the movie
e) Analyze which issues emerged as the
strongest…as the weakest?
f) Briefly compare the popular culture
themes in the movie you watched for this assignment to another movie you have
previously seen that had similar themes.
g) Briefly compare the popular culture
themes in the movie you watched to another agent through which these themes are
portrayed/pass on

The paper
should be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, 1” margins. Remember to include a citation for the movie,
in proper APA format, and make sure your name is on your paper.

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