A Movie Review Of Maslow's Hierarchy Of Needs

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This movie revolves around a Latin woman, named Flor, who has a young daughter and they have been deserted by her husband. As a result Flor chooses to immigrate to the United States from Mexico to be with their family and earn enough to support herself and her child. Flor works two jobs, within the local Latin community, while her daughter cares for herself much like a latch key child. When the child enters her teen years Flor decides that her daughter, Christina, would benefit from more supervision and sets out to obtain a job as a maid in the home of an American family that will pay as much as her two jobs have. The home of her new employer is comprised of a nuclear family which includes the father, a renowned chef and his wife, the mother …show more content…
While he is preparing the dishes he begins ruminating aloud what a good review would be and as he mutters to himself we hear him say “One star would make me throw up”, he then concludes that a 3 ¼ stars, that would be the perfect review that could be a good life, his words, his goal is a good life. This, in my opinion, is an example of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, specifically Success and Esteem. We see, as the movie progresses, while he attempts to appear humble as his daughter is reading the review to the family, his son interrupts but he chastises him, “Your sister is reading”. He is clearly excited about the prospect of a favorable review and the positive effect that would have in his and his family’s life, he equates a good review with a good …show more content…
One of the most striking examples to me is the mother of the family, Debs’, interest in Flor’s daughter Christina. Deb sees in Christina qualities that the movie indicates she very much values such as thinness, intelligence and beauty versus the qualities her own charming funny sensitive and big hearted daughter Bernice has. There is a scene in which Deb and Christina have stolen away in the early morning hours and as they return home they are equally excited about the day they’ve had together and equally enamored with each other as Christina share her exuberance and praises Deb. There they are in the car with matching colored streaks in their hair and Flea market finds in the back seat and there is a moment when you can tell that Deb would be crushed, anticipating a harsh reproach as she awaits an assessment from Christina about her bargaining skills that day at the flea market. Deb is clearly concerned about whether or not Christina sees her as a mentor and her opinion of her. You can see the relief on Deb’s face when Christina does in fact state “You are the most amazing white woman that I’ve ever met”. Deb replies, “That is so nice to hear, absurd but deeply appreciated”. She is clearly reveling in the acceptance and admiration she is feeling in that

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