Please watch the film “Mean Girls” (the original starring Lindsay Lohan) and refer to the text on Chapters 5 and 6. This film assignment is worth 100 points. For this assignment you are required to answer the following questions in paragraph format. Please make sure you use a lot of detail and use scenes as examples to support your statements. You are required to refer to the characters by their names in the film. I expect specific details to be used in your answers. Students who describe scenes using “that guy” or other loose details will be marked down. Take notes while you watch the film to aid you with using detail. In order to get full credit you MUST cover all points discussed in the questions below and refer to characters by their name in the film and scenes specifically. Please use examples from the film to prove your points and make sure you define the terminology in YOUR OWN words. Please do not copy and paste material from the textbook. Remember this is not a review of the film and your opinion regarding the film is not necessary. Please write in third person perspective and not first person (ex. “I”, “me” “you”, etc.) You can find this film at Target to purchase or you can rent it from Amazon or ITunes for a reasonable price.
Questions to consider while watching the film:
How does Marxist theory apply? Think about how the popular girls in the film (Regina George & her followers) oppress the characters that are considered “losers” or less popular. What would Marx say about the unpopular group (proletariat)? Do they revolt? Why or why not?
How does social interaction at the high school lead to phenomena such as groupthink?
How do the popular and unpopular groups in the film define their social reality differently? Discuss the elements of social structure such as status (achieved and ascribed), social roles, role conflict, and role strain.
Think about the in-groups and the out-groups in the film. How does the out-group experience alienation.
How does the Iron Law of Oligarchy apply? How does Regina George and her minions maintain their strong leadership?
Here is a list of things you should consider when writing your film assignment:
Use size 12 font and Times New Roman.
Use MLA or APA formatting if you use any citations or quotes in your paper and don’t forget to make a reference page if you do use citations.
Proofread before submitting to catch spelling and grammatical errors since they will cause point deductions.
Write your paper in the third person, not the first person
Please make sure to back up your statements in your paragraphs by giving examples you have seen acted out in the film. Don’t just tell me… show me!
Watch the movie once to get an understanding for it even if you’ve already seen it then watch it again and take notes to answer the parts that are asked for
Watch the movie at least a week prior to submitting your paper. Here are a few places you can find the movie:
Video stores should carry it as well as a last resort and stores such as Walmart and Target should have it for sale.
Again, do not wait until the last couple of days to find this movie
Read the questions carefully and answer them fully and pay attention to the scenes you use to answer the questions.
Please use Owl Purdue to help you with MLA formatting [Symbol]
Don’t take numerous quotes or ideas and copy them into your paper. Take pieces of quotes or ideas and rewrite them in your own words. A few quotes or ideas is fine, but don’t overdo it.
Don’t write in slang terms (i.e. gonna) or overuse phrases (i.e. “like” “however”)
Don’t give a review of the movie.
Don’t write in the first person unless you are asked to (for example, the portion of the paper that asks for your opinion can be in first person)
The Mean Girls assignment has no word count but the answers to the question should be thorough and detailed and can take multiple paragraphs to answer.