Stereotyping in Films



You will write about these film’s


2- CRASH (2004)

Note : You will use these as references when you write about this critique# 3 I will upload these references to you . 1- Benshoff & Griffin,“African americans and American Film” 2- Dates and Mascaro, “African Americans in Film and Television: Twentieth-Century Lessons for a New Millennium.” 3- Rachel Watson, “The View from the Porch: Race and the Limits of Empathy in the Film To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Instructions and Rubrics for a Film Critique

Read the instruction carefully


First rule of thumb: a film critique is NOT a summary of the film. Rather, it is an analysis of one or more [racial/ethnic] issues as seen through several critical cinematic expressions including some significant scenes or reoccurring themes in the film. Therefore, please keep in mind that you MUST try to avoid to summarize the whole movie’s plot in two pages and submit it, thinking the job is done. You should, instead, look for one or more interesting scenes in the film that resonate/suggest the racial/ethnic problems in the cinematic products, and analyze it/them according to the discussing topic (AFRICAN AMERICANS, for example) under the theoretical lens drawn from the associated reading[s]. Your paper does not need to cover the whole film. As a matter of fact, a strong analysis of a single scene/theme is more powerful and effective than a lengthy list of what happen in the film.

Second, a film critique is a serious piece of writing that displays not only your understanding of the material, your critical thinking skills, but also your commitment to bona fide academic ethic and college-level academic writing. Be precise, be clear, be candid, and be appropriate. Treat your pieces as a job application for the matter of seriousness. Any sort of essay, for example, will need at least three paragraphs for an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. For a 500-word paper, the advice is that you should not go for more than 2 sentences for the introduction and 2 sentences for the conclusion. Use all the remaining word counts for your analysis. I encourage you to put on the Works Cited (or References) at the end of the second page to give credit to the author(s) from whose work[s] you borrow the ideas. Don’t try to search for what have been written on the Internet. For one, they might overwhelm/intimidate your own thinking. For two, you might not be able to resist the temptation of stealing someone else’s ideas. Plagiarism is the worst form of academic dishonesty. Believe me, I usually can tell right away your own thinking and that of some movie “nerds” who posted such things on the web. And surely I, too, can google to find out the truth.

How Does My Paper Look Like?

In this course, a paper should be formatted similar to bellow:

ES 200-Session#3-Room 237 SBS Castro

Instructor: Dr. An Nguyen

Film critique# 2

Word count: 509 words (don’t write more than 560 words )

The Mask of Fu Manchu and the Threat of the Yellow Peril [Tittle example]







When I assess your papers, I will be looking at the following criterion, among others:

1. Does this paper address issues of race, ethnicity, or other categories of identity in the film comprehensively and critically?

2. Are the relations/connections between the film and the reading material clearly mentioned?

3. Is the paper compelling and interesting? Creative and thoughtful?

4. Is the paper clear and focused enough? Does it have a visible trajectory and make a cohesive point?

5. Is the paper well written, properly cited, proofread (etc.)? Does it conform to the requirement of length and format?


Racism and stereotyping have long been institutionalized in the lives of most Americans before and after the abolition of slavery. The movie To Kill a Mocking Bird and Crash (2004) clearly illustrates institutionalization of the vices even to institutions that are supposed to ensure racial equity in the society.

Griffin argues that there are five main stereotypes of African Americans in films including ineffectual and lazy coon, criminals, slaves, brutal and animalistic, psychos, and others.  The courtroom scene exemplifies the extent of racism and stereotyping, a theme that is prevalent in the entire movie.