My Life - Film Analysis

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When I first learned about this assignment I got very excited; it would be so much fun to analyze a move from a developmental perspective. I knew many movies from the list but never before look at them from psychological view. Since I could not decide which movie to choose I made a decision to watch all of them and pick one the most meaningful to me or related the most to my life experiences. I choose to write about ‘My Life’. In the movie Michael Keaton stars as Bob Jones, who has just been informed that his wife Gail (Nicole Kidman) is pregnant with their first child. However, he has also been told he has kidney cancer that has spread to his lungs. Doctors are giving him not long than four month to live in which case Bob would not be able to witness the birth of his child. He decided to videotape his life's acquired wisdom for his child, and ends up on a voyage of self-discovery and reconciliation of his life. A main character goes through many changes; based on Erikson theory Bob from pretty well established Intimacy Versus Isolation reaches Generativity Versus Stagnation stage to go back to Identity Versus Role Confusion. Similarly, based on Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs the successful businessman, loving husband, and future father passes through tree top phases as before finally finding peace within himself. In a Bob’s story we can also see Stages of Grief and The Life Review impending death caused by the disease.

Detroit, Michigan in 1963, Bob Ivanovich a young boy prays one night for a circus in his backyard the next day after school. He invites all his classmates and a teacher to see a show. After school Bob runs home eagerly, followed by his friends. To his disappointment, no circus awaits. He blames his parents for entire situation. Angrily, Bob retreats to his closet in his room, his personal sanctuary space. These very unique first moments of the movie it seems to be essential to Bob’s life story. However, either...
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