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Teen Movie Analysis.pdf

  1. 1. A Cinderella Story Mackenzie Stricklin
  2. 2. Background Sam, the main character, has a difficult upbringing because her father died in an earthquake where she lives on her father’s estate with her stepmother who has two dreadful daughters. She works under her dad’s diner that is now ran by her stepmother. She is the “unpopular” girl in highschool who lives as a servant to her step mom and sisters. Throughout the movie she is apart of an email relationship with a boy named Nomad where they both discuss their dreams of writing and attending Princeton University. They meet each other at their high school dance where her prince charming, Nomad, share a romantic dance together, which she soon realize is the most popular boy, in school, Austin Ames. As her step mom enforced here curfew, she runs off and leaves the boy questioning her identity. From there, he was on the search for his cinderella. As the search went on, in a humiliating way he soon found out that “diner girl” was his cinderella. At first he acts unfamiliar with her and kinda shuts her out. Sam finally sticks up for herself with her family and to Austin as well. At the end of the movie, he runs off the middle of the football field and dramatically expresses his love for Sam. They soon run off to Princeton together and fall in love. Sam finds her Dad’s will and finds that he has left the diner and the estate to her.
  3. 3. Developmental Themes Social Development- Sam undergoes difficult relationships with family members; meanwhile, keeping intact a strong relationship with friends and a developing process of a significant other. Identity Development- Sam shows many insecurities regarding appearance and comfortability within herself always thinking she is not good enough for others. However, she begins to find herself and her self-worth. The two step-sisters are overly confident and very self-conceited where they eventually find themselves upset and insecure when Sam gets the boy they had been chasing. They played a role in life that was not their own trying to be someones they’re not for the desired attention. “Consumer Identity: Know the Fundamentals.” Annalect, 16 June 2020, https://www.annalect.com/identity-two-methods-for-unifying-the-consumer-id/.
  4. 4. Theoretical Foundation The movie can be best described using the Erikson’s Psychosocial theory because it examines recurring changes in self-awareness, identity construction, and interpersonal connections. This goes with how the characters developed relationships and their experiences with individual growth (personal identity vs. social identity). They faced societal problems where they find themselves understanding their own identity and influences on their social relationships. ● Negative ego identity crisis within the step-mom and step-sister where they develop unhealthy relationships with themselves and others ● Sam discovering herself and her own identity influenced her relationship with Austin in a positive matter ● Beginning scenes showed her strong bond with her father and after his passing it shows her struggle with self-identity due to a lack of family relations
  5. 5. Cultural and Relational Themes The movie shows the growing tendency in society of victimization and seek to silence opposing viewpoints without making concessions. Sam might have easily fallen into the victim mentality trap due to the treatment she got from her sisters and the opinions Austin because of her social status and appearance. However, her acts of love and forgiveness go against the ongoing trend and pursue higher ideals of honorable character. StockUnlimited. “You Don't Have to Be a Designer to Get Awesome Visuals.” StockUnlimited, https://www.stockunlimited.com/vector-illustration/a-couple-growing-a-love-tree_1286087.html.
  6. 6. Realistic and Unrealistic Norms Realistic Norms ● Toxic relationships within family and partners ● Self-identity problems and insecurities with inner and outward appearance ● Social status with popularity in high school ● Gender stereotypes- other’s having views on what a male and female should and should not be Unrealistic Norms ● Sam playing as a servant to her family ● The stereotypes of the jocks and cheerleaders being mean and non inclusive ● Women being portrayed as dumb, gold-diggers, and self-absorbed ● Girls in highschool demeaning other girls thinking they are superior to other individuals ● EMail relationships
  7. 7. Movie Rating ● 7/10 This movie does not necessarily show the most ideal representation of adolescent development; however, it does portray rapid changes in life, struggling obstacles, identity, independence, and transitions into adulthood. In the early stages of life, Sam experiences developing healthy relationships with friends and family. After her father died is when she begins to face many different challenging aspects in life dealing with her toxic and unhealthy step-family environment. Things do not get much better in high school either where she experiences bullying, lack of friends, insecurities, and self-identity issues. She is slightly disobedient as any average teen is when growing up. There are
  8. 8. Works Cited Cherry, Kendra. “Understanding Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development.” Verywell Mind, Verywell Mind, 3 Aug. 2022, https://www.verywellmind.com/erik-eriksons-stages-of-psychosocial-development-2795740. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development - NCBI Bookshelf. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK556096/.

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