Project #34679 - Movie Critique (Interpersonal Communications)

Interpersonal Communication Movie Critique

In this assignment, you will: 

  1. Select a film from the list provided in the interactive lecture (or another film pre-approved by the instructor which has situations that could be construed as interpersonal in nature).
  2. Watch the film.
  3. Write a 4-6 page essay (thesis and arguments supporting and/or refuting thesis) using 1-3 of the theories/paradigms discussed in class.
    • Prove your thesis by explaining how the movie supports/refutes interpersonal theories/paradigms. 
    • Take special care to explain the theory and its components as part of the essay.


List of Movies:

  • American beauty (1999) R
  • Bend it like Beckam (2002) PG-13
  • Boys don't cry (1999) R
  • Bridget Jones Diary (2001) R
  • Broke back mountain (12005) R
  • Crash (2004) R
  • Dead man walking (1995) R
  • The doctor (1991) PG-13
  • Into the wild (2007) R
  • The joy luck club (1991) R
  • The kite runner (2007) PG-13
  • Lars and the Real Girl (2007) PG-13
  • Rachel getting married (2008) R
  • Transamerica (2006) R
  • The trip to Bountiful (1985) PG
  • When marry met sally (1989) R

Possible Interpersonal therories and Paradigms

  • Self-Disclosure
  • Social Exchange Theory
  • Dialetics
  • Social penetration theory
  • Uncerainty Reduction theory
  • the perception process
  • Facilitative and debilitative emotions
  • conflict rituals
  • conflict styles
  • Cognitive
  • Dissonance
  • Confirming and disconfirming communication
  • Mark Knapp's Model of relational development
  • Communication Climate
  • Jack Gibb's Supportive and defensive categories


  • -Begin with and hook or and attention grabber 
  • -state the film and describe the film in a few sentences
  • -State what theory or paradigm selected 


  • For each interpersonal relationship concept selected, describe how the concept is figured into the plot or in the character development.
  • Describe the concept as it is applied in the movie. Be sure to be specific as you describe characters and events where the concept is being demonstrated. Use appropriate terms from text.
  • Evaluate if the selected concept is used effectively or ineffectively (good or bad example). Take a stance and explain why you believe as you do.
  • Analyze the effect of the concept's effective or ineffective application. Consider the short-term and long-term consequences to the characters and the plot. Students may project beyond the film if they desire.


  • Summarize your insights regarding interpersonal communication as it related to the film.
  • What were the major lessons that were learned?

Length and Format

  • 4-6 page (not including cover page)
  • using 1 1/2 spacing 
  • Tims New Roman Font 
  • 12 point font size 
  • Use APA format


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Due By (Pacific Time) 07/14/2014 08:00 am
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