Judy's Analysis

Billie Nolan

Judy's Traits

1. Sincere- Throughout the movie being sincere plays a big role in Judy's life. She is sincere herself, which is why she is in search of a sincere guy to love. In the beginning of the movie when Jim is being bullied at the planetarium, it is easily shown in Judy's eyes how she really feels about what is going on. Once Buzz dies it is easier for Judy to be the sincere woman she is, that is why she shows such kindness and love to Plato and Jim towards the end of the movie.


2. Trapped/weak- Judy is trapped by conformity within her peers. She is not showing individuality, she is conforming to the actions of her peers. Judy deep down is not the sort of person who friends are, but she is too weak to stand up for herself and do what she thinks is right, and truly be an individual. Not until Buzz dies, does she really realize that she can be herself and disengage herself from her unruly peers.

Judy's Challenges

The main challenge that Judy is facing in the movie is her daddy issues. She is no longer her daddy's little girl, and she is having problems accepting this. Her father no longer treats her like a kid, but an adult. She is rebelling against this by wearing makeup and doing all that she can to try to win back her father's attention. Judy not only wears makeup to get her father's attention, but she also runs away from home, in hopes of him coming to rescue her. She just wants to feel loved by him, but in reality she is no longer that little girl that needs to be tucked in every night.

Judy's Growth

Judy changed and learned a lot from the beginning of the movie to the end. In the beginning Judy was not an individual she was conformed by her peers, not expressing how she truly felt. But once she met Jim, she started to realize how her peers were changing her, and so once Buzz died, it was easier for her to move on and change into the individual she wants to be. Judy learned that it is best to be yourself and to be surrounded by peers that actually care and are sincere about you.

The Mansion

For the kids, the mansion symbolizes the wish for that perfect home life. They each have some sort of problems going on in their home lives, so for them to be able to go to the mansion and pretend they have the perfect life brings them happiness. Plato was happiest in the scenes in the mansion, because he really felt like he had a mother and father that care about him again. The mansion acted as an escape for the kids, to get away from their dysfunctional home lives and to feel free and loved by one another.

Theme

The main lesson of the film is that we cannot give into conformity, we have to be ourselves. Giving into peer pressure does not lead to good things, we have to be individuals and go after what we want in life. The second theme I think is important is that we all need to feel like we belong to someone, we have to feel loved. If we do not have that feeling, like Plato, life is not meaningful.

Rank the three rebels in order of most to least disturbed and justify your answer

1. Plato- Plato is definitely the most disturbed rebel throughout the movie. To start off, he was at the police station for the most disturbing reason out of all the three rebels, he actually killed puppies. His home live, was also the worst out of all three rebels, which in turn is the biggest reason that makes him the most disturbed. He did not have a mother or father figure at all in the movie, unlike Judy and Jim. Plato is also the most disturbed, because he really never seemed to change throughout the movie, he was always troubled. The few hours they spent at the mansion were the happiest times for him, but that still did not change how dysfunctional his life and thoughts were.


2. Judy- Judy changed a lot in from beginning to end, she may have not been the most disturbed in the beginning but she is certainly in a better place now. She learned a lot from her mistakes and is now making better decisions and hanging around better people. However I ranked her as more disturbed than Jim, because no matter how much she's changed for the better since the beginning, her parents were still not a part of her life in the end of the movie. Jim and even Plato's family members were out looking for them that night, but Judy's parents never even noticed she was gone, so she still does have a very dysfunction, disturbed home life.


3. Jim- Jim in the beginning was a lot more disturbed than Judy, but he grew a lot through the movie, making him the less disturbed In the end, he really had convinced his parents to stay for once and not move, and really have a great home life. In the end Jim wound up with Judy, exactly what he needed, he needed a sincere friend to love him, someone to talk to and make him feel welcome in town. Now that he has Judy and his parents by his side, he is definitely the least disturbed rebel.