Title: American Beauty
Media type: Film
Category: Internal Dynamics of Families
Keywords: adolescence, conflict management, family functioning, parent-child relationships, parenting styles
Rating: PG 13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned
Audience(s): College Age, Adults, Couples
Film/Episode Summary: From the outside, Lester and Carolyn Burnham are the picture perfect couple living in a picture perfect neighborhood. On the inside, Lester is feeling lost and depressed. He also has an interesting relationship with his daughter and her friend. Next door lives another teenager, Ricky, who has an abusive father.
Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: How do Jane and Ricky’s parents differ in their parenting styles?
Places to view: iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Video, Vudu, Google Play
Contributor: Krista Hamann