Childhood Movie Parenthood

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Parenthood (1989) is a film that shows several psychological development. The family portrayed in this film was realistic, relatable and most importantly understandable. There so many characters in this film that I would love to analysis in detail but I have chosen to focus on the main character Gil, Frank (Gil’s father) and Kevin (Gil and Karen’s son). Gil Gil is a happily married father of three kids in middle adulthood. Gil exhibits generativity which is one of Erikson’s stages of development. Generativity is an adults’ desire to leave legacies of themselves to the next generation (Santrock, 2016, p. 350). He exhibits biological generativity by having three kids and most importantly paternal generativity through the nurturing and guiding…show more content…
Much to his demise things don’t always turn out the way one hope or plans. In the movie Parenthood (1989), Gil says his a shitty father because his son ,Kevin, is in therapy, his daughter, Taylor, was caught kissing all the boys in school and his lastborn, Justin, keeps ramming things with his head. He blames himself because he believes that his lack of presence and choice of parenting style is the reason why his kids are having problems. Even though Gil had worked at his job for so many years and hoped to have less hours in order to spend more time with his family, he still put in the extra effort in order to get the partnership at his job. In the movie Parenthood (1989), Gil’s career suffered a setback when he was passed over for a partnership which was given to a less experienced employee that brought in multimillion-dollar clients. After he quit his job from is employers lack of loyalty, he wasn’t too pleased to have to go back and plead to get it back, but he needed to do it for his pregnant…show more content…
Generativity is an adults’ desire to leave legacies of themselves to the next generation (Santrock, 2016, p. 350). He exhibits biological generativity by having four kids and most importantly paternal generativity through the nurturing and guiding of his children. He portrayed his paternal and work generativity when he agreed to pay his son, Larry’s, gambling debts if he agrees to attend Gamblers Anonymous and work at his business, selling plumbing supplies in order to prepare him, to take over when he retires (Parenthood, 1989). Frank also didn’t mind taking in his grandson when Larry decided to go on his final business endeavor. He saw an opportunity to be a good father to Larry’s son by guiding and nurturing him which he never was to his on
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