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Suggested Movie Clips (9th Edition)

Some of the suggested clips come from references in the Instructors Manual, others have been added to the website

Overview

Launching Your Study (Chapter 1)

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Talk About Theory (Chapter 2)

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Weighing the Words (Chapter 3)

Movie:
The Cider House Rules
Running Time:
2:40
Cue Point:
1:41:30 Homer looking at list of rules; "You reading the rules...?"
Application:
Groups with power have vested interest in not seeing social inequity that benefits them at the expense of others.

Mapping the Territory (Chapter 4)

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Interpersonal Communication: Interpersonal Messages

Symbolic Interactionism (Chapter 5)

Movie:
Nell
Running Time:
4:15
Cue Point:
30:45 Jerry enters Nell's cabin
Application:
Subjective self (I) and objective self (me); also contrasts scientific and interpretive research.

Coordinated Management of Meaning (CCM) (Chapter 6)

Movie:
Life is Beautiful
Running Time:
8:20
Cue Point:
1:00:40 Train pulls into Auswitch death camp
Application:
Persons-in-conversation create their own social reality.

Movie:
P.S. I Love You
Running Time:
6:10
Cue Point:
01:05, Scene 1 Gerry is chasing Holly as they emerge from a subway station.
Application:
Returning from an evening with his in-laws, Gerry wants to know why Holly is mad at him. Using CMM’s Hierarchical-Serpentine Model, analyze the sequence of their conversation. Then, note how the “logical force” of what each person says escalates their fight.

Expectancy Violations Theory (Chapter 7)

Movie:
Drumline
Running Time:
3:00
Cue Point:
1:06 Red band starts its drum routine
Application:
Negative effect when violation valence and communicator reward valence are both negative.

Movie:
The Band's Visit
Running Time:
3:55
Cue Point:
55:00, Scene 20 A woman is seen gazing down at the dance floor – no dialogue.
Application:
A member of the Alexandria Ceremonial Orchestra is giving relational advice to a friend on a date. As the coach encourages the student toward closer proximity, analyze the woman’s expectancies, violation valence, and communicator reward valence.

Interpersonal Communication: Relationship Development

Social Penetration Theory (Chapter 8)

Movie:
Shrek
Running Time:
3:30
Cue Point:
26:15 "For your information there's a lot more to ogres than people think."
Application:
Personality structure is like an onion.

Uncertainty Reduction Theory (Chapter 9)

Movie:
My Big Fat Greek Weding
Running Time:
6:05
Cue Point:
1:04:10 Mother on phone: "Hello"
Application:
High uncertainty (and anxiety) when groom's parrents come to dinner with bride's family makes for low verbal communication, nonverbal warmth, self-disclosure, liking, and perceived similarity.

Social Information Processing Theory (Chapter 10)

Movie:
You've Got Mail
Running Time:
4:40
Cue Point:
1:50 Morning routine (first scene of people)
Application:
Possibility of intimacy on the Internet.

Interpersonal Communication: Relationship Maintenance

Relational Dialectics (Chapter 11)

Movie:
Children of a Lesser God
Running Time:
2:40
Cue Point:
1:28:30 Lying on the couch, James turns on the light
Application:
Dealing with the connectedness-separateness dialectic.

Movie:
Bend It Like Beckham
Running Time:
5:30
Cue Point:
1:36:00, Scene 29 Jess talking to friend Tony
Application:
Illustrates integration-separation dialectic and expression-nonexpression dialectics between Jess and her family and between Jess and Joe--her romantic interest.

Movie:
Knocked Up
Running Time:
1:40
Cue Point:
1:17:30, Scene 11 Pete is trying to explain to Debbie why he lied to her.
Application:
Caught spending time with his friends and not his family, Pete struggles to defend his need for independence. The clip portrays the ever-present connection-autonomy dialectic. How would Baxter suggest they respond to these contradictory forces?

Communication Privacy Management Theory (Chapter 12)

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The Interactional View (Chapter 13)

Movie:
Parenthood
Running Time:
3:10
Cue Point:
26:35 Blond daughter picking up photographs
Application:
Four axioms of relational communication in family systems.

Movie:
Little Miss Sunshine
Running Time:
3:40
Cue Point:
8:20 Near end of Scene 2, Morther's voice: "Olive! Dinner time!"
Application:
One cannot not communication

Interpersonal Communication: Influence

Social Judgment Theory (Chapter 14)

Movie:
12 Angry Men (original 1953 version)
Running Time:
6:00
Cue Point:
25:25 Beginning discussion about the knife
Application:
Ways of expanding latitudes of acceptance.

Movie:
Invictus
Running Time:
7:40
Cue Point:
27:55, Scene 6 South African President Nelson Mandela hurries to speak to South Africa’s National Sports Council.
Application:
Mandela envisions rugby as a national symbol of unity – except the Sports Council wants to eliminate the team. Facing a highly ego-involved audience, Mandela uses his credibility and audience analysis to expand the Council’s latitude of acceptance.

Elaboration Likelihood Model (Chapter 15)

Movie:
Footloose
Running Time:
3:00
Cue Point:
1:15:20 "Mr. McCormick has a right to be heard."
Application:
Motivation and ability of an audience to scrutinize a message through the central route.

Cognitive Dissonance Theory (Chapter 16)

Movie:
Thank You For Smoking
Running Time:
5:25
Cue Point:
45:00 "Pearl, we've got company."
Application:
Maximum justification ($1,000,000) gains the Marlboro Man's public compliance to not speak out against smoking, but doesn't change his inner anti-smoking attitude. What incentive would also bring about attitude change?

Movie:
Up in the Air
Running Time:
4:40
Cue Point:
1:20:10, Scene 13 Ryan’s future brother-in-law (Jim) is having cold feet on his wedding day.
Application:
Not believing what he is actually saying, Ryan illustrates Festinger’s counterattitudinal advocacy when he persuades Jim to accept the sanctity of marriage. Ryan convinces himself to believe in marriage, and changes his attitude to match his behavior.

Group and Public Communication: Group Communication

Functional Perspective on Group Decision Making (Chapter 17)

Movie:
Apollo 13
Running Time:
5:40
Cue Point:
1:37:00 Space flight director picks up chalk
Application:
Three of the four requisite functions of effective group decision making.

Symbolic Convergence Theory (Chapter 18)

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Group and Public Communication: Organizational Communication

Cultural Approach to Organizations (Chapter 19)

Movie:
Office Space
Running Time:
3:15
Cue Point:
03:10 Hand hesitates on doorknob before entering
Application:
Verbal and nonverbal expressions of a negative workplace culture.

Movie:
Morning Glory
Running Time:
3:00
Cue Point:
15:30, Scene 4 Recently hired Executive Producer Becky Fuller has a tour of her new job.
Application:
The organizational culture of Daybreak, a television morning show, is ripe with stories that convey symbolic meanings. This segment has a series of collegial stories that show how things really work in this dysfunctional media organization.

Communicative Constitution of Organizations (Chapter 20)

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Critical Theory of Communication in Organizations (Chapter 21)

Movie:
Erin Brokovitch
Running Time:
3:10
Cue Point:
1:54:45 Erin and man talking in bar
Application:
Effects of Managerialism on stakeholders.

Movie:
The Devil Wears Prada
Running Time:
7:20
Cue Point:
27:20 Andy's dinner with her dad in a restaurant
Application:
Two types of managerial control--Andy's consent to her editor's demands for what Andy believes is in her own best interest; Miranda's strategy of demanding total compliance from her assistant.

Movie:
The Company Men
Running Time:
5:40
Cue Point:
1:25:20, Scene 13 Gene is talking to fired marketing director, Bobby.
Application:
Gene’s initial comments show that corporate colonization of executives’ lives has occurred through “consent.” In the final dialogue, Gene advocates for worker “participation” in corporate decision-making.

Group and Public Communication: Public Rhetoric

The Rhetoric (Chapter 22)

Movie:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Running Time:
7:10
Cue Point:
1:31:25 Atticus Finch stands to give closing defense in Southern courthouse
Application:
Using all possible means of persuasion in forensic rhetoric.

Movie:
The King's Speech
Running Time:
4:15
Cue Point:
34:25, Scene 7 Prince Albert has come to the office of Lionel Logue to improve his public speaking skills.
Application:
Speech therapist Lionel Logue attempts to cure the King of his “bloody stammer.” Evaluate Logue’s methods designed to improve Albert's rhetorical skills, specifically Aristotle’s Canon of Delivery. Decide how these strategies might be effective.

Dramatism (Chapter 23)

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Narrative Paradigm (Chapter 24)

Movie:
Smoke
Running Time:
11:30
Cue Point:
1:30:35 Augie begins to tell his Christmas story
Application:
Issues of narrative coherence and narrative fidelity.

Movie:
Get Low
Running Time:
6:40
Cue Point:
1:24:00, Scene 15 Felix Bush has just been introduced by his longtime friend, the Reverend Charlie Jackson.
Application:
Hermit Felix Bush has lived a story of self-imposed isolation. Bush wants to set the record straight at his own living funeral. Decide if the narrative he is about to tell – judged by coherence and fidelity - redeems his relationship with the audience.

Mass Communication: Media and Culture

Media Ecolgy (Chapter 25)

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Semiotics (Chapter 26)

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Cultural Studies (Chapter 27)

Movie:
Insider
Running Time:
8:00
Cue Point:
1:39:40 "Shall I send for coffee?"
Application:
Media decisions made by corporations and powerful managers to the detriment of the public.

Mass Communication: Media Effects

Uses and Gratifications (Chapter 28)

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Cultivation Theory (Chapter 29)

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Agenda-Setting Theory (Chapter 30)

Movie:
Wagging the Dog
Running Time:
6:45
Cue Point:
29:25, Scene 8 Producer's question: "How many kittens do we have?"
Application:
An outrageous framing of news by creating a salience of specific attributes; also suggests that it might be the White House sets the agenda for the media agenda setters.

Movie:
Fair Game
Running Time:
6:25
Cue Point:
54:25, Scene 10 Retired Ambassador Joseph Wilson is watching President Bush give the State of the Union address.
Application:
Responding to what he believes is false information justifying the War in Iraq, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson (who is the husband of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame) writes an Op-Ed article in The New York Times. Note how the Whitehouse “gatekeepers” of news shape the media agenda, with the expectation that press and broadcast outlets will set the public agenda.

Cultural Context: Intercultural Communication

Communication Accommodation Theory (Chapter 31)

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Face-Negotiation Theory (Chapter 32)

Movie:
The Joy Luck Club
Running Time:
3:00
Cue Point:
40:45 Coming up the stairs to the dinner party
Application:
Cultural differences between giving-face and saving-face.

Speech Codes Theory (Chapter 33)

Movie:
Billy Elliot
Running Time:
7:45
Cue Point:
1:22:00 Billy enters room; committee chair asks: "And you are?"
Application:
Differences between Billy's coal-mining town's speech code and the speech code of the dance jury.

Movie:
Mean Girls
Running Time:
6:15
Cue Point:
8:25 Dark hair girl: "Here, this map is going to be your guide."
Application:
All six propositions (the distinctivenes, multiplicity, substance, interpretation, site, and force of speech codes)are illustrated.

Cultural Context: Gender and Communication

Genderlect Styles (Chapter 34)

Movie:
When Harry Met Sally
Running Time:
2:30
Cue Point:
0:08:20 Harry gazing at Sally and she asks "What?"
Application:
Genderlect differences regarding cross-sex relationships.

Standpoint Theory (Chapter 35)

Movie:
White Man's Burden
Running Time:
1:50
Cue Point:
0:00 Clinking glass to get attention: "I'd like to propose a toast."
Application:
How a role reversal can achieve a less partial view of social reality.

Muted Group Theory (Chapter 36)

Movie:
The Little Mermaid
Running Time:
4:55
Cue Point:
38:50 Sea-witch: "You're hear because you have an eye for..."
Application:
A woman's bargaingiving up her voice in order to establish the relationship she wants.

Integration

Common Threads in Comm Theories (Chapter 37)

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