Meet the Fockers- Lights, Camera, Action !

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Meet the Fockers
Lights, Camera, Action!

Michelle Seymour
Interpersonal Communications
Jennifer Lundberg-Anders
November 7, 2011
Meet the Fockers
Meet the Fockers is a movie about two families who are meeting for the first time to prepare for Greg and Pam’s wedding. As their families get to know each other things do not go well as some funny and surprising things get in the way when secrets are revealed. Greg and Pam’s parent are totally different in every way and he tries to make light of it as much as he can. In this essay I will try to show you a couple of communication concepts and how they apply to certain scenes in the movie. The first will be on self-concept and the second is on non-verbal communications- body gestures.

Self-concept according to Alder and Proctor (2011) “is defined as the relatively stable set of perceptions each individual holds of himself or herself (p 448). This was applied throughout the movie but where it stood out the most was Jack (Pam’s father) holds up a picture card to his grandson, LJ. The picture card shows a female nurse and L.J laughs. This relates to self-concept because Greg is a nurse. It implies that it is funny because pam’s dad, Jack doesn’t think it is manly job for him to have. Jack does apologies because the card packet only has a female nurse, but he doesn’t seem sincere. Greg also says, “That’s a common mistake,” and does not do anything to change the misconception. He holds onto a self-concept that doesn’t agree with Jack or the with the female nurse. Goalorio. Us (2010) Meet the Fockers: An analysis of Interpersonal Communication Retrieved from http://

Nonverbal communications- body gestures according to Adler and Proctor (2011) “ is defined as movements of the hands and arms- and are an important type of nonverbal communications. In fact, they are so basic to our nature that many people who have been sight-impaired form birth use them”(p 214). The...
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