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Adolescent Psychology Movie Presentation: Bend it Like Beckham

Analysis of adolescent and adult stereotypes and the positive/negative messages movies convey to adolescent viewers.
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Grant Armstrong

on 17 December 2012

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Transcript of Adolescent Psychology Movie Presentation: Bend it Like Beckham

Plot Summary Two English girls who first meet and quickly bond over their coinciding passion for playing soccer Portrayal of Adolescents Portrayal of Adolescence Example 2: Adolescence are always correct

Jess and Jules argue with their parents and it is always clear that they are in the right

Mrs. Paxton pressuring Jules to buy "sexy" underwear

Coach Joe tells Jess that "your parents don't always know whats best for you" when they forbid her from playing soccer Key Messages:
What Might Adolescence Think? Bend It Like Beckham Grant Armstrong & Maureen Sallie Pressured by their parents to conform Have trouble reconciling their goals and aspirations with those of their parents. Creates conflict throughout the film. Jesminder "Jess" Bhamra
-Indian, traditional/strict Hindu parents, often deceives them because of their unwillingness to compromise Juliette "Jules" Paxton
- Parents have conflicting attitudes as to why/why not she should play soccer Mrs. Paxton - Constantly pressuring Jules. Only cares about her physical appearence and makes it obvious. Reluctantly comes to change. Mrs. Bhamra
- Imposes traditional views on Jess (cooking, acceptable dress, behavior) Main Characters Jess Mr & Mrs Bhamra Mrs. Paxton Jules Overall, the movie conveys a semi-realistic aspect of adolescence that we've focused on all year: The need for independence. Despite this overarching theme however, certain instances were inconsistent: Example 1: Pinky (Jessica's sister) and her friends

Certain encounters in the movie convey the idea that they are well-liked and "popular" girls

Viewers are also given the impression that they are shallow, mean and extremely promiscuous
Why is this stereotypical? While stereotypical of how adolescents may feel, in reality neither adolescence nor adults are always correct. What about Adults? Portrayed as inconsiderate, over-demanding and lacking empathy Supportive father, but Mrs. Paxton diminishes this by telling him to stop treating her like the son he doesn't have Example 1: Jules and her relationship to her mother

Mrs. Paxton appears very shallow and close-minded, repeatedly insulting Jess Constantly nagging Jules to engage in more "girly" behavior
-> "No boys going out with a girl that has bigger muscles than he does Why could this send negative messages to adolescence? While her parents criticize her interest, they do it for different reasons (cultural) Their traditional Hindu religious values require conservative behavior for the women After being caught playing soccer and reprimanded for wearing shorts that reveal the scar on her thigh After being caught a number of times her father states "[Your mothers] right. You must start behaving like a proper woman!" How could this convey a negative message? Applying Our Knowledge There are many course topics the movie alludes to including: 1.) Parenting Styles - Jess' parents are overtly authoritative - Jules given conflicting views by her father and her mother (authoritative vs. Indulgent/Neglectful) 2.) Cultural Differences in Gender-Role Classification -While Jules is also pressured to quit playing, it is for an almost opposite reason; her mother wants to dress less conservative and have more sexual appeal. - Jess struggles to balance a family life immersed in a conservative Hindu culture with her desire to play soccer. What About adults? Example 2: Jess and her parents Applying our Knowledge 3.) Bicultural Identity - As a minority culture, it is important to stay true to ones values, but also adjust to societal norms
- Research indicates developing a bicultural identity has a positive effect on development - It is only when Jess' parents become more lenient that she has a chance to do so 4.) Psychological Dimensions of Puberty and Self-Esteem - Especially for young women, physical appearance can play a large role in self-esteem. - Important to note how Mrs. Paxton's insults of Jules could have had a severe effect on her future self-esteem and confidence. Negative Messages Addressed beforehand, portraying adults as completely clueless, uncaring and stupid may give adolescence false pretenses of being correct - "The only way for me to prove to them they're wrong is to do it my way" Positive Messages Always pursue your dreams because an adult may not always realize whats best. The girls ended up receiving full rides to college, but only because they were insistent Children are more like their parents than they often believe. The movie ends with everyone eventually coming to this conclusion
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