Movie Review: Remember the Titans (2000) – Race and culture

Race is a main concept explored in the film Remember the Titans. Throughout the movie various aspects and differences are drawn out in reflection to the two different races of the team members. At the start of the movie for instance a race riot is presented that showcase the existing tension between the blacks and the Caucasians (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000). Differences in leadership styles are also shown to differ between the races. Coach Boone for instance approaches leadership on an authoritarian way initially before turning to coercive power, whereas Yoast adopts a followership approach allowing Boone to lead while alerting him not to push the players too far (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000). Race also forms the subject of differentiation in other aspects discussed such as stereotypes and discrimination.

Cultural differences are similarly evident in the film. Such differences for instance motivate the coaches to instruct the players to learn more about one another providing positive rewards for such learning – easier practice sessions (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000). The film also emphasizes the aspect of respecting cultural differences since only after such is established are the members able to shed their racial intolerance and work towards a strong team that is well glued to win the league.

Values

A society’s values can be influenced by various factors such as existing stereotypes, and culture discussed in previous sections. Changing values that have traditionally been ingrained within the society however may be a challenging feat to achieve, however use of films presents such an opportunity (Stillman, 2006). Remember the titans provides various means through which values that have been ingrained in the society can be re-modeled to achieve a larger objective (Stillman, 2006).

The coaches employ various approaches in changing the values that exist within the team members. One of these is encouraging the members to learn the cultures of the other player’s by providing rewards to influence compliance. Such can for instance been demonstrated where the players are instructed to get to know each other, failure of which would result into increasing intensity of the practice sessions (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000). Such rewards are for instance seen to bear initial results when Gerry informs Julius they share statistics to get the task done and make their practices less cumbersome though Julius frustrates that initial contact (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000). Secondly the values are transformed through identification of a common goal that makes the race differences fade away. When the coaches introduce the perception that only through teamwork and cooperation will the team succeed in capturing the league title, improved relationships are cultivated making racial differences become vague (Yakin & Bruckheimer, 2000).

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