Stereotypical Portrayal of Women and Men in "American Reunion" Film Review by Mira

Stereotypical Portrayal of Women and Men in "American Reunion"
A review of the movie "American Reunion," directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
# 153781 | 3,893 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2013 | IE
Published on Dec 31, 2013 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This paper analyzes the stereotypical portrayal of women and men in the movie "American Reunion" and discusses one of the film's most significant arguments that females are solely sex objects, while males are sexually driven and quite immature. The paper addresses the strong influence of the media industry and identifies the major stereotypical concepts of femininity and masculinity. The paper analyzes the theories of Giddens, Adorno, Foucalt, Chandler, and Kellner and how they treat sexism, stereotypes and gender roles.

From the Paper:

"American Reunion (2012) is a comedy movie directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. The movie shows a group of middle-aged men 13 years after attending high school. These characters are Jim, Oz, Kevin, Paul and Steve. They are depicted as having successful careers and are settled in their lives. Jim and Michelle are married and have a two-year-old son. However, since the birth of their child, their sexual life has significantly deteriorated (American Reunion). Kevin and Vicky said goodbye to each other; at the same time, Oz and Heather obviously grew apart, and Finch longs for the mom of Steve. In the continuity of one long weekend, the characters in the movie aim at finding out what has changed with time. The men are depicted as careless and lacking maturity, whereas the directors of the movie decided to use two types of women: younger females perceived as sex objects and older females demonstrating a certain level of maturity. In an attempt to define audience reception as pertaining to this movie, it appears that the emphasis is on viewers' reception of American Reunion (Kellner 10). It depends on individuals to negotiate and establish specific meanings and interpretations related to the movie."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Reunion. Dirs. Hayden Schlossberg and Jon Hurwitz. Perf. Jason Biggs, Sean William Scott and Alyson Hannigan. 2012. DVD.
  • Bogt, Tom, Rutger Engels, Sanne Bogers and Monique Kloosterman. "'Shake It Baby, Shake It': Media Preferences, Sexual Attitudes and Gender Stereotypes among Adolescents." Sex Roles 63.11/12 (2010): 844-859. SocINDEX with Full Text. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.
  • Chandler, Daniel. Semiotics for beginners. 1 March 3013. 24 March 2013.
  • Dainton, Marianne and Elaine D. Zelley. Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life: A Pratical Introduction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 2010.
  • Gauntlett, David. Media, Gender, and Identity: An Introduction. New York: Routledge, 2008.

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