things like reference groups B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

things like reference groups B u s i n e s s F i n a n c e

Conformity & Persuadability in Film

I graduated high school in 1987, and John Hughes’ films were literally my “birds and the bees” education. Of course my mom gave me the “talk,” but it was his films that helped me navigate my relationships and brain. I truly believe I would have never made it through high-school without his films.

This, and other movies contain so many aspects of conformity and persuasion, that it’s nearly impossible to discuss them all. What I want you to focus on when you watch your chosen film are things like reference groups, peer pressure, social proof, and ostracism. Did your character do something differently because of peer pressure or persuasive abilities of another? Why? Did they ostracize a person or group? Why? Were they able to persuade another character in the film to “join the dark side?”


Please go to Peacock TV and set up a free account. If you already have one, then simply log in. Search for one of the following movies:

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG)
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes (PG-13)
  3. In Bruges (R)

Choose one of the numbered films and watch it. =) When finished, please choose the group that reflects your movie choice and do the usual. Spark some discussion on conformity and persuasiveness and respond to two others. If you happen to be the only person who chose your film, simply make your post and I will be the other student. =)

To clarify, if you watched Harry Potter, then you would join the group Conformity & Persuadability Movie #1. You should be able to sign-up on your own. Remember, first person to point out a Canvas or link error receives an ECP. =)

I’ve given you some starting points above, but you are not limited to those alone. As long as the topic is covered in either chapter for this week, it is a valuable discussion post. =)

Film Warnings

  1. None I can think of for the first Potter film. =)
  2. Fried Green Tomatoes has short scenes of domestic abuse and racial violence in addition to some foul language.
  3. In Bruges has very dark comedy and loads of violence. One of my favorites, actually, but you’ve been warned. =)