Psychology Film review Assignment on The Pursuit of Happyness

Assignment Instructions

This assignment requires that you watch the film, The Pursuit of Happyness, and respond to a series of questions. In the film there is a social conflict that offers you an opportunity to explore and reflect on an experience that may be different from your usual family, work, or community.

After watching the film, answer the following questions in an essay. This should not be written in a question-and-answer format since it is a paper. Use examples from the film to validate your impressions and be as specific as possible.  

  1. Who is Chris? What does he characterize as happiness?
  2. How do factors of intersectionality at the micro-level, (e.g. class, age, ethnicity, immigration status, etc.) of the lived experience reflect multiple interlocking systems of privilege and oppression at the macro, social-structural level (e.g. racism, classism, ageism, etc.)?
  3. Using the film as an example, discuss Freire’s (2006) observation that “the oppressors do not perceive their monopoly on having more as a privilege which dehumanizes others and themselves . . . The oppressed are regarded as potential enemies who must be watched” (pp. 59).
  4. Using the film as an example, in the context of “humanization” and “dehumanization,” what does Freire (2006) mean when he observes that “almost always the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend to become oppressors” (pp. 45)?
  5. What examples of strengths, perseverance, empowerment, resilience, pride, and/or determination did you observe among the characters’ behaviors and the playing out of social conflicts in the film?
  6. What did you learn about the cultures portrayed in the film? What surprised you? What upset you? What moved you?
  7. What did you learn about your own biases from the experience of watching the film and writing this paper?


  • This paper should be 4-5 pages, plus a reference page.
  • Use two references. Your references should come from professional academic journals. Do not use sites like Wikipedia, summary notes from the internet, newspapers, pop culture magazines, or movie reviews. Your references should be used to substantiate your points, as needed.
  • This is an essay. Use APA (Seventh Edition) style for citations, and the reference page. 

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