PSYC221 Movie Analysis Assignment
Due T hursday, April 29th
The major assignment this semester will be a writing assignment that you will
analyze a movie and discuss the psychological disorder associated with the
character. The analysis will be formatted using APA guidelines. The movie
assignment i s due Thursday, April, 29th and must be submitted via Moodle. Your
paper i s worth 30% of your final grade. As such, i t should be well organized and
written. I f writing i s a challenge, i t i s encouraged that you contact the writing center
Requirements: You are required to watch a movie (list provided below) and write
an i n-depth analysis providing the following:
● The film: State the film you watched, the name of the character you will
describe, and briefly summarize the story as i t relates to the character
(s hould not exceed one-page) .
● The main character’s tentative diagnosis: I dentify the symptoms and
behaviors depicted that are consistent with a diagnosable psychological
disorder covered i n the DSM-V. Make sure you i dentify the necessary
symptoms for that diagnosis.
○ Provide a detailed rationale for the tentative diagnosis (citing examples
from the movie)
○ How did the disorder i mpact the character’s relationship with others?
○ Did the disorder i mpact the character’s overall l evel of functioning (e.g.,
work, hygiene, etc…; reference DSM-V for assistance with this question)
● The etiology (source) of the character’s condition: Address what you think
might be the origins (e.g., biological, psychological, sociocultural) of the
individual’s psychological disorder.
● The management or treatment of the disorder: Address how the
psychological disorder i s treated or managed i n the movie, and what
treatments you might recommend based on current research.
● Provide your opinion regarding the accuracy of the movie’s presentation
about the disorder, both what was accurate and i naccurate regarding the
movie’s depiction (please use references to further support your opinion).
○ Explain i n detail and provide examples from the movie (please
remember to cite any examples).
○ Specifically, did the movie accurately portray the symptoms of the
○ If the disorder was misrepresented, explain how this could be
misleading to a typical movie-goer.
● From a sociocultural perspective, discuss the positive and negative messages
sent by the movie regarding i ndividuals diagnosed with this psychological
As a reminder, your paper should adhere to the following:
● APA 7th edition format
● 5 to 7 pages double-spaced (n ot i ncluding cover and reference pages)
● No plagiarism
Please select a movie from the l ist below:
● Menace I I Society (1993)
● Dead Presidents (1995)
● A Beautiful Mind (2001)
● Matchstick Men (2003)
● It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010)
● Shutter I sland ( 2010)
● Black Swan (2010)
● Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
***Please share with the professor your chosen movie, by T uesday, March 29th. ***
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