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Movie 1 – Crash:
Snow falling in Los Angeles
Two African American men steal a white couple’s car
Was previously complaining about black stereotypes being placed on them, then ironically does that which they are stereotyped for. (Sociology)
Couple talking about always calling the man (assistant)
Watch for dynamics between man and assistant (tied into sociology)
Wife (Sandra bullock) very racist and stereotypical against minorities. Spanish man changed the locks on her door, but she doesn’t trust him and argues with her husband to change the locks again in the morning.
*black woman was the assistant, showcases the wife’s views of minorities (black, Spanish, etc.) in their relationship
White cop pulls over black couple thinking that they are the ones who stole the car, and arrests them with no proof because they are a black couple.
Officer (Matt Dylan) recently got off the phone with Shaniqua, took out anger on this couple, and did sexual advances on the woman before releasing them with a “warning” – Applies to sociological and anthropological views.
Iraq couple gets treated rudely (racist remarks) because they were buying a gun and speaking in their own language
Woman is mad that her husband did not stand up for her while she was being assaulted, and apologized to the officers for doing nothing
Spanish man who fixed the white couple’s locks has a talk with her daughter around danger. She says she heard a bullet earlier and, trying to ease her fear, he says he received an invisible cloak that’s impenetrable, and puts it on her. Levels of psychological, anthropological, and sociological aspects here
2 black men hit an old man by accident, help him
Cop asks to work alone after incident with the other white cop and black couple. Black head officer says he can either say he has a personal problem preventing him from working with others, or risk their jobs for a just cause
2 black guys go to an auto-mechanic to replace rugs on the floor, that have blood on it, but he refuses him so that he isn’t liable for anything
White Producer places black stereotypes on them. Black actor who uses proper grammar isn’t the proper idea of what a black person should speak. Believes that black people should talk in slang, and those who don’t take speech lessons and isn’t as “black”
White man (with father who has prostate problems) believes that black people owe something to the white people who worked alongside them
Persian man’s store was destroyed, because he wouldn’t get a new door for it, even though the Spanish repair man insisted
Black investigator’s mom is a heroin addict, affects him psychologically, also sociological aspects.
Insurance company won’t cover the costs for the ruined shop because owner wouldn’t get a new door when repair man told him to do so. A new lock wasn’t enough, but he didn’t listen.
Black wife gets into a car crash and white cop who sexually assaulted her before is the one who’s trying to get her out of the car. Is much more respectful to her, asking if it’s okay to touch her in certain places. Oil spreads to the car and it catches on fire. She’s saved before the car explode
Perception of white officer changes from assaulter, to person who saved the womans life.

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