Little Miss Sunshine Essay

961 Words Jun 1st, 2008 4 Pages
Film Analysis Paper
A system is a set of interrelated parts. Systems theory assumes that a system must be understood as a whole, rather than in component parts. It is a way of looking at the world where all the objects are interrelated with one another. Many family systems are addressed in the movie Little Miss Sunshine.
Wholeness is a system in which the individual parts of the system can not be isolated from one another in order to comprehend the system as a whole. An example would be if a father is an alcoholic, it becomes the family’s problem rather then just the father’s. In Little Miss Sunshine, the father has a winning attitude about everything in his life. His overbearing attitude about winning is displayed throughout
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The second order of change is a higher level where the system actually gets altered. The change is more dramatic and enduring. The family survived the road trip together, their grandfather’s death, the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, and many other obstacles along the way. In the end, they seemed closer and the changes made in each of their personalities seemed lasting and enduring.
Self-reflexivity is the last family system and in my personal opinion it seems to go hand in hand with the second order of changed. Usually after a massive change in environment or personality comes self reflection. This system allows people to examine their systems and set goals for themselves and enact change to transform systems. Through mindfulness and monitoring, people begin to create and sustain healthy interpersonal relationships. This is displayed at the very end of the movie and more specifically, the scene where the family gets onstage with Olive to do her dance with her at the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. The dad overcomes his embarrassment of thinking his daughter is a loser and realizes he is proud of her no matter what. The mother’s need for other people to tell her what is best for them is abandoned when she knows herself that this was the best thing for Olive. Dwain overcomes his fear of the world judging Olive and crushing her spirits is demolished when she dances and realizes that as long as she is happy and

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