Family Diversity Paper: A Better Life Analysis

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Reflection Paper on a Film on Family

This assignment involves watching a popular movie and writing a paper (2-3 page paper). You have four options for your assignment (Options A - D). The local library is a great resource and will have many of these movies, as well as Netflix and/or other online sources.

Option A: Family Diversity Paper

Choose from following two movies: A Better Life (2011, PG-13) and Diary of a Single Mother (2009, NR). Both films demonstrate how day-to-day family life is impacted by cultural and social structural factors. The paper should include the following sections:

1. Who are the main characters in the movie?

2. Where does the family live?

3. How would you describe the family's socioeconomic status? What specific events or facts from the film led you to this conclusion?

4. Describe the work life of the major adults in the film.

5. How does the person's social class influence their ability to parent?

6. For "A Better Life," how does the father's status as an undocumented immigrant impact his life and the life of his son?

7. For "The Diary of a Single Mom," how does gender shape the experiences of the parents in the movie?

8. How is "family" understood in each film?

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Family Diversity Paper: A Better Life (2011, PG-13) Analysis
“A Better Life” is a film in the drama genre that addresses undocumented Mexican
immigrants to the United States (US). The movie was directed by Chris Weitz and
demonstrates how family life can be impacted by social and cultural structural factors. Also,
the film enlightens the viewers on the importance of careful parenting.
Main Characters
The main characters in the film are Carlos (Demián Bichir) and Luis (José Julián).
Carlos is a gardener who came from Mexico and lived in Los Angeles (Weitz). The wife
abandoned him because of the frustrations. Luis Carlos’ son whom he was left with to raise
as a single parent. Luis is soon getting involved in a gangster group since he does not get
much attention from the father. In fact, Luis misses school sometimes.
Where the Family Lives
The family of Carlos lives in Los Angele. Carlos is a gardener together with Blasco,
his partner. The wife then leaves Carlos because of the many misfortunes that he faces. Luis,
Carlos’ son spends most of his time with a girlfri...

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