Parenting Styles: "Big Daddy" Film Review by Nicky

Parenting Styles: "Big Daddy"
An analysis of the parenting styles in the movie "Big Daddy".
# 147854 | 926 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jul 28, 2011 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper discusses how most parents do not use a singular parenting style, but combine a variety of techniques, spanning the spectrum of authoritarian, permissive, and authoritative styles. The writer then examines how in the 1999 film "Big Daddy", the title character Sonny Kofax immediately strikes the viewer as kind of a 'big kid,' an overgrown thirty-two-year-old adolescent likely to use a permissive style with the five-year-old child he unexpectedly acquires. The paper also looks at this tendency of Sonny Kofax to be permissive and how he also provides some positive examples of parenting in an authoritative fashion.

From the Paper:

"In contrast, permissive parents only act as indulgent 'friends' to their children, or discipline with a verbal 'slap on the wrist.' They may even condone or ignore their child's drug abuse, as when Sonny says to Julian: Man, this Yoo-Hoo is good...Know what's even better? Smokin' dope." Of course it could be argued that Julian does not understand what Sonny is saying, but many would argue that by taking such a lax attitude, when Julian does begin to understand (and he will, perhaps sooner than his parent anticipates) the ground has been laid for permissive parental attitudes towards real bad behavior. Even if parents in real life do not make such extreme statements as those used in Big Daddy for comic effect, simply by joking about drugs and promiscuity in a 'friendly' and lighthearted manner can send the wrong message to adolescents."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Big Daddy. Directed by Dennis Dugan. 1999.
  • Cook, J. L., & Cook, G. (2005). Child Development: Principles and Perspectives. 2nd edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

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