Film Analysis

write a short, three to four page analysis of the film. DO NOT go under two and a half or over four and a half pages. Your analysis should include 3 different sections:

Theories of Relationship Development
Choose two of the theories of relationship development discussed in your book (pages 190-195) and discuss your film illustrates these theories. Give several examples that illustrate each, and be sure to explain why you think these theories are particularly relevant to the film you have chosen.

Models of Relationship Development
Choose one of the models of relationship development discussed in your book (pages 196-198) and explain how it is illustrated in one of the relationships found in your film. For each stage in the model, you should define it and give an example from the film.

Maintenance/ Ending a Relationship
Discuss either how one of the relationships in your film is maintained by the characters (pages 202-212) or discuss reasons that the relationship in your film will end (or likely end.) Be sure to discuss aversive communication behaviors that the characters display (if relevant) and provide specific examples.

You will need an introduction and a conclusion in this paper and include examples that you found to be the most enlightening, controversial, or even possibly incorrect. You will be expected to discuss what individuals did, what happened, and why. Relevant communication theory and text material should be introduced for each example. You should write this paper as if you were going to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge to an individual that has little or no knowledge of communication theory. That “pretend reader” should learn a lot from reading your paper.

This is not a review of the film you have chosen, and should not include several paragraphs/pages of dialogue from the movie. After reading your paper, I should be able to understand your analysis from an interpersonal communication theory perspective—not someone who just watched the film and wrote about it. Your goal should be to demonstrate that you understand the theories discussed in your book.

The paper should be 3-4 pages (typed), 1 in margins, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, with no cover pg required. You must cite the course textbook using MLA formatting (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. When saving your document, include your last name and the assignment, and save as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx).

Please choose any film that you like, but choose a film that gives you something to work with. For example, if you choose an action film with little dialogue, you will be limiting yourself to nonverbal communication, which will make it more difficult for you to write about.

If you do not have Netflix or access to watch a movie on your own, please select from one of the movies below available for free:

The Break Up (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2006)
Spanglish (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2004)
When Harry Met Sally (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (1989)
Up In the Air (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2010)
Meet the Parents (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (2000)
Submission
You will submit this assignment in Module 12.

Grading
This paper is worth 90 points and will be graded according to the rubric below.

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Rubric
CST 110 Interpersonal Communication Film Paper Rubric
CST 110 Interpersonal Communication Film Paper Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Correctly defines at least 2 different theories of relationship development and gives examples from the movie for each theory
20.0 pts
Meets Expectations
0.0 pts
Does not Meet Expectations
20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Correctly applies one of the models of relationship development and gives examples for each stage of the model
20.0 pts
Meets Expectations
0.0 pts
Does not Meet Expectations
20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Correctly defines at least 3 different relationship maintenance or aversive communication behaviors and gives examples for each
20.0 pts
Meets Expectations
0.0 pts
Does not Meet Expectations
20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Demonstrates college-level critical analysis of relationship portrayed in the movie (doesn’t just retell the story)
10.0 pts
Meets Expectations
0.0 pts
Does not Meet Expectations
10.0 pts