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Content Analysis Stereotyping In Stillwater

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CONTENT ANALYSIS: STEREOTYPING IN STILLWATER 1
Content Analysis: Stereotyping in Stillwater
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Content Analysis: Stereotyping in Stillwater
Inarguably, the release of Stillwater on July 8, 2021, excited contemporary audiences in
America and Europe. Despite its excellence in entertaining and educating its prospective
audiences, Stillwater suffers from stereotypes common in Hollywood and other showbiz films.
The film features award-winning actor Matt Damon as Bill Baker. In the movie, Bill is portrayed
as a middle-class worker in Stillwater, an oil-rig company in Oklahoma. However, Bill quits his
daily operations and embarks on a mission to save Allison (her estranged daughter): who had
been imprisoned for the murder of her Arab ex-girlfriend and roommate in Marseille. Although
the film effectively entertains its audience by portraying Bill as a loving and responsible
American father, the producers, directors, and scriptwriters must have yielded to common
stereotypes in film production. This essay attempts to analyze how stereotypes are manifested in
Tom McCarthy’s dramatic thriller, Stillwater.
Bill Baker is a well-built white male that spends most of his time working in the oil rig.
Courtesy of hard labor in the oil rig, Bill has grown into a muscular and physically fit a middle-
aged adult. Bill's physical features suggest that he is strong and enduring. Although Bill is
painted as a struggling middle-class American, his physical features are attractive, admirable,
and conspicuous. However, Bill plays the role of a father to an estranged daughter, imprisoned
overseas. Like in countless other Hollywood films, Bill's role in saving his daughter is
stereotypical. According to Daalmans, Kleemans & Sadza (2017), contemporary audiences
expect adult main characters in their movies. The authors also revealed that men are represented
as fathers in many women's channels and programs. The portrayal of Bill as the only savior and
hope for her estranged daughter is overtly stereotypical. The audiences expect fathers to bestow
their efforts to save their daughters, especially when the paternal relationship is unpleasant.

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CONTENT ANALYSIS: STEREOTYPING IN STILLWATER Content Analysis: Stereotyping in Stillwater Name Institution 1 CONTENT ANALYSIS: STEREOTYPING IN STILLWATER 2 Content Analysis: Stereotyping in Stillwater Inarguably, the release of Stillwater on July 8, 2021, excited contemporary audiences in America and Europe. Despite its excellence in entertaining and educating its prospective audiences, Stillwater suffers from stereotypes common in Hollywood and other showbiz films. The film features award-winning actor Matt Damon as Bill Baker. In the movie, Bill is portrayed as a middle-class worker in Stillwater, an oil-rig company in Oklahoma. However, Bill quits his daily operations and embarks on a mission to save Allison (her estranged daughter): who had been imprisoned for the murder of her Arab ex-girlfriend and roommate in Marseille. Although the film effectively entertains its audience by portraying Bill as a loving and responsible American father, the producers, directors, and scriptwriters must have yielded to common stereotypes in film production. This essay attempts to analyze how stereotypes are manifested in Tom McCarthy’s dramatic thriller, Stillwater. Bill Baker is a well-built white male that spends most of his time working in the oil rig. Courtesy of hard labor in the oil rig, Bill has grown into a muscular and physically fit a middleaged adult. Bill's physical features suggest that he is strong and enduring. Although Bill is painted as a struggling middle-class A ...
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