Boyhood Assignment

Please consider the following question through the lens of a developmental psychologist. Please explain and support your answers.

  1. What does the film achieve by using the same actors for 12 years?
  2. Do you think there is a difference between growing up and aging? If so, what is it?
  3. Does the film represent a fairly universal experience of boyhood, or is this a narrow presentation?
  4. As you watched the film, how did you observe the kids and adults changing from year to year? Anything stand out?
  5. Would you describe Mason and his older sister, Samantha, as “normal” kids? Explain.
  6. How would you describe Mason as a student so far? How is Samantha as a student?
  7. How would you describe the kid’s dad?
  8. What is your first impression of the professor Dr. Bill Welbrock? What is his job?
  9. What does Bill need for possible weekend guests? Does he have a problem? Why or why not?
  10. How is the discipline handled in the household?
  11. What did you think of the dad’s song?
  12. What do you think the boys are looking at on the computer?
  13. What does Mason tell his mom about his new haircut (and Bill)?
  14. Why don’t the kids do anything about Bill’s issue?
  15. How does Samantha react to being dropped off at her new school?
  16. What news does Samantha’s dad gain from her Facebook page?