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10 Things I Hate About You

Title: 10 Things I Hate About You

Date: 1999

Media type: Film

Format: Complete

Category: Human Growth and Development

Keywords: Adolescence, conflict management, divorce, types of fathering, parent-child relationship, social and cultural influences, single parenting, teens

Rating: PG 13 – Parents Strongly Cautioned

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

Language: English

Film/Episode Summary: “10 Things I Hate About You” is a modern spinoff of William Shakespeare’s play “The Taming of the Shrew.” Cameron is a new student at Padua High who is learning how to navigate his new environment. He is shown around by Michael, who ends up becoming his best friend. In the hall, he sets his eyes on Bianca Stratford and is completely entranced by everything about her. The only problem is, she isn’t allowed to date, that is unless her older sister Kat is dating too. Unlike Bianca, Kat isn’t entirely pleasant. Michael sets off to find someone to date Kat so that he can take Bianca out and that leads him to one the the most popular guys in school, that also happens to be a complete jerk, Joey Donner. Michael tells Joey that he can take Bianca out on a date if he pays someone to take Kat out too. The only man that is willing to take Kat out is bad-boy Patrick Verona. Much to everyone’s surprise, Patrick and Kat actually make quite a good pair. The movie follows the teens as they navigate adolescence and try to follow what makes them happy.

Comments or Recommendations for Teaching: How does Kat and Bianca’s father parent them differently? Do you think their father gives his daughters the appropriate amount of freedom?

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

Contributor: Krista Hamann

The Fosters

Title: The Fosters

Date: 2013

Media type: Television

Format: Episode

TV Season-Episode: Season 1, Episode 1

Rating: PG – Parental Guidance Suggested

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

Language: English

Source: Netflix

Film/Episode Summary: The Fosters takes place in sunny California and follows a unique family led by the fearless mothers, Stef and Lena. They have been partners for 10 years and although they are not legally wed, they consider themselves married by heart. Through a previous marriage, Stef’s biological son Brendon became the first of many children in Lena and Stef’s family. Their next additions walked into their home as foster kids and never left. Mariana and Jesus, teenage twins were adopted five years prior to the start of the show. Even with three teenagers in the house, they yet again offer to accept a foster child into their home. Callie, the protagonist in this series, is a 16-year-old girl that had been placed in a juvenile detention center due to a complicated situation with her previous foster brother, who sexually abused her. The family soon discovers that Callie was not the only child in her last abusive foster family but in fact lived there with her biological younger brother, Jude. Together, Lena and Stef save Jude from the dangerous situation and invite him into their home. Eventually, the newly combined family grow close with one another and together they navigate the difficulties of the past and move forward towards a better future. Clip Start Time: 1:40-9:50

Clip Description: In this longer clip, Callie is released from juvy after experiencing some physical abuse from fellow inmates as well as from her last foster dad. This is where she first meets Lena, a mother of three with her partner Stef. Lena takes Callie home and introduces her to the family members as they arrive home. When Stef comes home, Callie is somewhat resistant to their relationship and appears to be questioning the family system. It is important to note here that Stef was unaware that Callie would be there because Stef couldn’t reach her on the phone earlier. Callie is distressed throughout the evening and Lena uses her soft words and tells her that they are on her side to get Callie to trust her. This almost works except Stef comes in right when Callie was going to share her story with Lena.

Additional Clip Start Time: 12:58

Additional Clip Description: This is the scene following the dinner when Callie arrives home. Lena and Stef are finally alone in their bedroom and have a chance to talk about the evening. Though they have many concerns about taking in Callie they use positive and loving language to keep their conversation levelheaded. They show love and affection and it really shows that they are great at communicating with one another.

Contributor: Rose Simon


Title: RV

Date: 2006

Media type: Film

Rating: PG 13 – Parental Guidance Suggested

Audience(s): Children 12 and Under, High School Age, College Age, Adults, Parents, Couples, Families

Language: English

Comments or Recommendations for Teaching:Discuss the different types of attachment styles with both the mother and father. Also discuss how the relationships could have been different if they had different attachment styles with their children.

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

Contributor: Amy O’Driscoll