Category Archives: Health and Human Sexuality

Friends with Benefits

Title: Friends with Benefits

Date: 2011

Media type: Film

Format: Complete

Category: Human Sexuality

Keywords: adulthood, parenting styles

Rating: R – Restricted

Audience(s): College Age, Adults, Couples

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: Jamie Rellis (Mila Kunis) is a New York City head-hunter trying to sign Los Angeles-based art director Dylan Harper (Justin Timberlake) for her client. When he takes the job and makes the move, they quickly become friends. Their friendship turns into a friendship with benefits, but with Jamie’s emotionally damaged past and Dylan’s history of being emotionally unavailable, they have to try to not fall for each other the way Hollywood romantic comedies dictate. (

Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: How did Jamie’s mother respond to her involvement with Dylan?

Places to view: iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu

Contributor: Krista Hamann

Easy A

Title: Easy A

Date: 2010

Media type: Film

Format: Clip

Rating: PG-13

Audience(s): High School Age, College Age, Adults, Parents, Families

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: The film follows 17 year-old Olive (Emma Stone) who tells her best friend a lie about losing her virginity to a guy in college. While telling her friend this, a conservative, christian girl overhears Olive and spreads the rumor throughout the school. Later, Olive confides the truth about the lie with her friend Brandon who then asks her to pretend to have sex with him so that he’ll seem straight. She agrees, and soon her promiscuous reputation grows. She embraces this new reputation because boys are giving her gift cards to say they slept with her to increase their reputation, but problems arise as this continues.

Clip Description: Olive interacts with her parents in such a healthy way. There is love, connection, humor, and support that all make their relationship work. They seem to be able to talk to each other about anything, but while simultaneously allowing each other to keep things private if they want.

Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: I would use this clip to showcase parenting that encompasses high levels of warmth and demandingness. Also, to showcase healthy communication between adolescent and parent.

Places to view: Youtube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Itunes

Contributor: Cameron MacKinney


Title: Room

Date: 2015

Media type: Film

Rating: R – Restricted

Audience(s): College Age, Adults, Parents

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: It’s a movie based off a book about a woman who was kidnapped and has a child with her abuser/kidnapper. Said woman raises her child, Jack, alone in a shed where she teaches the kid that this is the entire world. Later, they have to try to escape.

Places to view: Youtube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play, Itunes

Contributor: Lydia Sour