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concept of positve psychology on the movie pursit of happiness

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Introduction

Historically , Americans have flocked to theaters to find happiness hope and heroes in film . Film producers were enormously successful at drawing in audiences and inspiring audience . In recent years , however most movies have been more depressing than inspiring . Their quality has been mediocre at best . Nevertheless , a few movies of this decade have broken away from mediocrity and provided America with cinematic heroes The Pursuit of Happiness is one of these . Indeed , it is one of the few movies

of this decade that has the potential to remain relevant to viewers in decades to come

The Pursuit of Happyness differs from other movies , partially because it subscribes to some of the myths that the old , classical films of prior decades followed . In addition to this , the Pursuit of Happyness portrays sadness and frustration , without scaring or depressing its audience . Furthermore , it is funny , without being frivolous . Meanwhile it is artistic , while at the same time realistic . Best of all , it is inspiring . It is the sort of film Americans can look to for heroism and hope that is sadly lacking in most of today 's films

The Myths

According to Sociologist Herbert J . Gans , until the 1950s , movies were the main staple ' of America 's entertainment diet (Gans , 1964 br

.327 . At that time , says Gans , Hollywood films followed a specific formula , which consisted of four myths . The first is what Gans calls moral heroism (Gans , 1964 ,

.327 . which involves a hero striving to bring about good or social justice ' in a lawless land . The second , which Gans labels youthfulness , is the myth that young people had to get past an erroneous notion that their elders were wrong to bring about their goals (Gans , 1964 ,

.327 . The third Gans labels romance , which suggests that the best reward a hero can achieve is the love of someone attractive and loving . The fourth and perhaps the most powerful , Gans labels the Justification of social mobility (Gans , 1964 ,

.327 . According to Gans , this is the myth that people can pursue wealth without being corrupted by it (Gans , 1964 ,

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Departure from the formula

The films of the 90 's depart from these myths . Films like American Beauty have no real hero . No man striving for a social good . Instead the main character spends most of his time trying to seduce his high-school-aged daughter 's friend . Love is not a reward worth seeking for anyone . The things that American Beauty 's characters see as beautiful are a bag in the street , a dead man and sex . Children do not gain a better respect for their elders . Indeed , at the end of the movie , the adults are painted in a much worse light than the children One turns out to be a gay Nazi , another turns out to be having an affair that is both silly and revolting . The last nearly becomes a pedophile Social mobility is not a goal for...

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