Exploration 1 Hunter Babicz

Topic 1: How are mental illnesses misrepresented in films? In the movie Psycho, Norman Bates is a serial killer who suffers from what would be diagnosed as Multiple Personality Disorder. Norman's second "identity" is his mother, who commands him to commit homicide to earn her love. This portrayal of a mental illness is extremely offensive to those who actually do suffer from the disorder, as it makes them out to be violent and "psycho" individuals. Silver Linings Playbook tells a story of how a man with bipolar disorder and a woman with depression fall in love. This movie also portrays the man with bipolar incapable of living on his own/in and out of mental health facilities, and that the woman with depression was comically insane (for comedy, of course). In Donnie Darko, the main character suffers from schizophrenia. He has hallucinations which tell him that the world is going to end, he needs to kill people, etc. This movie makes schizophrenia out to be an illness that causes those with it to be violent and homicidal people, which is definitely not always the case.
Topic 2: How do films romanticize abusive relationships? Suicide Squad depicts an abusive relationship between Harley Quinn and The Joker. The Joker abused his psychiatrist, Harley Quinn, while in a psychiatric ward and manipulated her through that abuse to help him escape the ward in an extremely violent manner. She then becomes his partner in crime, and would do anything and everything for her lover. Although Fifty Shades of Grey is a very controversial and racy film, the romantic relationship involved in the storyline would be considered extremely controlling and abusive. There were things such as physical abuse and actions without consent involved in the relationship between the two main characters, and this happening in real life would not be considered as "romantic" as it is in a movie. Twilight demonstrates a relationship involving serious stalking and manipulation. And again, in a real life situation this relationship wouldn't be nearly as romantic as Twilight makes it out to be. The worst part of this idea that this movie appealed to girls of all ages, and it in a sense normalized relationships like Edward and Bella's, which is a terrible thing to teach to young girls as a "normal" relationship.
Topic 3: How do films normalize the use of drugs and alcohol? The movie Neighbors is about a fraternity moving in next door to a simple family and end up throwing parties 24/7 involving crazy drug and alcohol uses. This movie is very unrealistic as a lot of college-type movies do things like this, but college kids aren't always getting wasted every weekend. Project X Is about a high school kid who throws a wild party while his parents are away, documents it all on video, and ends up destroying his entire neighborhood. And the Hangover, which is probably the most accurate (to the question) film in this list, is about the crazy adventures a group of friends go on after waking up from being blackout drunk and having no idea what happened the night before. I believe there are three movies in the series. The Hangover is a terrible portrayal of alcohol usage because I believe that anyone who ended up in their situation would either not be alive or not be as easily forgiven/understood by th


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