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Themes Depicted in Top-grossing Rated-R Films Released from 2012 to 2017

Authors
  • Watts, Andrew1
  • Loloi, Justin2
  • Lessner, Kaila3
  • Mizell, Marina3
  • Shoemaker, Katherine3
  • King, Tonya S4
  • Olympia, Robert5
  • 1 Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Hershey, USA
  • 2 Internal Medicine, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, USA
  • 3 Emergency Medicine, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, USA
  • 4 Epidemiology and Public Health, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, USA
  • 5 Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Cureus
Publisher
Cureus, Inc.
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2020
Volume
12
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7759/cureus.6844
PMID: 32175209
PMCID: PMC7051112
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Epidemiology/Public Health
License
Green
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Abstract

Introduction: Films continue to be a popular form of entertainment amongst children and adolescents. The objective of this study was to determine the most common themes depicted in a select number of rated-R films released 2012-2017. Methods: A total of 25 films were independently viewed and analyzed by five reviewers. Results: The most common positive themes were “encouragement”, “helping others”, “teamwork”, “compassion”, and “honesty” (2.3, 1.7, 1.7, 1.6, 1.4 mean events per hour, respectively). The most common negative themes were “use of inappropriate language”, “use of a lethal weapon”, “physical fighting”, “dishonesty”, and “demonstrating excessive anger” (8.9, 4.4, 3.4, 2.3, 2.2 mean events per hour, respectively). Conclusion: The most common positive themes in our sample were associated with service, collaboration, and honesty/humility, and the most common negative themes were associated with violence. We encourage co-viewing and active mediation, focusing on the themes found in films, as a method to guide children through their development process.

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