Gran Torino

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“Ever notice how you come across somebody once in a while you shouldn't have fucked with? That's me.” (Walt Kowalski, Gran Torino, 2008) After watching the movie Gran Torino, I certainly can agree with Walt's perspective on himself. Gran Torino was produced in the year of 2008, written by Nick Schenk and directed by Clint Eastwood. In this particular movie we see the cause and effects of several social issues, how through socialization these social issues can be resolved and perspectives can be altered. Previously watching this movie I believed most individuals values were set in stone from experiences learned through the journey of life. However, I now believe that anyone can change their beliefs, forming new attitudes, setting new values …show more content…
This also demonstrates the next social issues of ageism.

Ageism is the stereotyping and or discrimination against any individual because of their age, old or young. The gang believed in the stereotype of the elderly to be weak, fragile alone, an easy target. They engaged with behavior of violence and harassment. Walt looks like he is ready to explode with anger on his birthday when his son and daughter in-law suggest that he move into an assisted living home, saying “with mom gone” and “a lot to keep up and clean.” Along with the gift of a rather large phone with wide touch buttons imply his age is affecting him and he is unable to properly care for himself, despite the fact that he has yet to physically or mentally show that his age has any affect on his abilities to properly care for himself. They too showed acts of ageism against Walt and he in return stood against ageism.

Thao's own family, his cousin Spider, is the gang's leader and is determined to recruit Thao into their world and turn him into a real man. He believes Sue is feminizing Thao by having him do 'women's' work like gardening and dishes. Research shows children with absent fathers are most vulnerable and problematic children leading them in search of a 'father' figure.
(http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2574839/absent_fathers_and_the_effects_on_children.html?cat=25) We can see how the gang seeks out Thao

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