Choose Your Movie

For the first step in your Communication Project choose one of the following movies to analyze.

  1. Juno (2007)
  2. I Am Sam (2001)
  3. 21 (2008)
  4. The Kite Runner (2007)
  5. Crash (2004)

For plot summaries of films, see the Internet Movie Database at If you wish to suggest a different film, please present your idea to your instructor for approval immediately.

Once you selected your film, write a paragraph to your instructor indicating your choice. Explain in a few sentences why your choice interests you and what two areas of communication you will analyze. Close with a few sentences in which you anticipate some things you might learn about communication in this project.

For your communication project you will write a 2-3 page movie analysis where you analyze communication that takes place between characters in a movie. In your analysis you must address two of the following areas of communication:

  • Stages of Relational Development
  • Relational Dialectics
  • Attraction Theory
  • Exchange Theory (cost/reward)
  • Life-cycle of relationships (beginning, maintaining, ending)     
  • Relationship Rules Theory

Conflict and Power

  • Avoiding
  • Accommodating
  • Collaborating
  • Compromising
  • Myths of Conflict
  • Conflict is Inevitable
  • Conflict Styles Have Consequences

Language and Culture

  • Connotation/Denotation
  • Saphir-Whorf Theory
  • Polarized language
  • Low/High Context culture   
  • Jargon
  • Specific/concrete, precise words in dialogue   

Nonverbal Communication

  • Eye Contact
  • Facial Expressions/Gestures
  • Touch
  • Proxemics/Territory
  • Artifacts
  • Time or chronemics


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