Little Miss Sunshine Essay

957 Words May 19th, 2008 4 Pages
Film Analysis Paper
A system is a set of interrelated parts. Systems theory assumes that a system must be understood as a whole, rather than in component parts. It is a way of looking at the world where all the objects are interrelated with one another. Many family systems are addressed in the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
Wholeness is a system in which the individual parts of the system can not be isolated from one another in order to comprehend the system as a whole. An example would be if a father is an alcoholic, it becomes the family’s problem rather then just the father’s. In Little Miss Sunshine, the father has a winning attitude about everything in his life. His overbearing attitude about winning is displayed throughout
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However, Frank the uncle who tries to commit suicide, moves in and somewhat starts to break down the boundary due to his own openness. Frank is completely honest with seven year old Olivia about being gay and trying to kill his self. Often it takes a more open boundary to be able to connect with a more closed boundary.
Equifinality is a system that explains how people reach goals differently. Throughout the movie, happiness seems to be a common goal trying to be reached by the characters. It is completely apparent in the opening credits of the movie. It shows the father doing a lecture on how there are two kinds of people in the world-winners and losers. Olive is also shown watching the crowning of a Miss America pageant over and over, practicing the “winning” face. It shows Dwain working out excessively in his bedroom. Also, the grandfather is shown in his own bedroom snorting heroine. The only one who doesn’t seem to be concentrating on their own happiness is the mom who seems to be the glue that holds the family together.

Feedback produces change in a system. Negative feedback maintains a system causing homeostasis. Positive feedback changes a system causing morphogenesis. Because of interdependence, even just one family member can change the system by changing his or her behavior. The first order of change is seen throughout the majority of the film. The system structure is left the same and is vulnerable to relapse by treating the