Developmental Psychology in the Film Mask

791 Words Jul 11th, 2018 4 Pages
I am a big fan of the film Mask, a psychological film starring Cher, Eric Stoltz and Laura Dern. Although, I had watched the film previously, I decided to re-watch it recently for old time’s sake. Additionally, I wanted to know more about the film and so I started looking for information on the internet. I stumbled onto a site that gave an in depth analysis of the film. Although it is a fairly old film, the story will move one to tears. It’s so inspiring and empowering to anyone who is facing any difficulty in life. It makes ones problems to seem so small compared to the character in the movie.
This movie was released in (1985), the film was both a commercial and a critical hit and went on to garner several Academy and Golden Globe Awards
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People from outside his home who are not his family members and who he interact with do not treat him as a normal child. Strangers treat him with despise, fear and pity. Others make jokes about him, even going as far as referring to him as an alien because he looks strange and awkward. Many don’t want be associated with him because they don’t want to get the illness. This is an exemplification of the sad life that people with disability or those who are considered to be abnormal in the society experience. Very few people are willing to associate with them. They are treated differently and are often given strange looks.
When his mother tries to enroll him into a normal school, the principal is opposed to this idea since he thinks Rocky should be go to a special school where his needs will be taken care of by special and qualified teachers who can handle such children with special needs. However, his mother is determined because she desires a normal life for her child and hopes to give him the best education that is offered. The principle of the junior high school eventually agrees to admit Rocky due to his mother’s persistence.
At the school Rocky shows he is brilliant and nothing can stop him from excelling in life and academics. He makes many new friends most of who see him now as a normal kid, mainly because of his ability to compete well in class. They also find him extremely helpful, for instance he helps one boy to memorize his
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