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Experiment: Divorce in Film

April 2016
As a first step in looking at how our culture expresses emotions in relation to divorce, I looked at major motion pictures with significant scenes that addressed divorce and in some cases Grey Divorce.


  • ACOD: Adult Children of Divorce
  • American Hustle
  • American Psycho
  • Carol
  • Catch Me If You Can
  • Crazy Stupid Love
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • The Spectacular Now
  • Trainwreck
  • Wolf of Wall Street


Catch Me If You Can, 2002
To me personally, the film captures the shock and the rippling affect that a Grey Divorce can have on
a child. Ripping the band-aid off isn‘t any better as breaking it to a child slowly. It‘s quite obvious that the film suggests that his parents‘ divorce leads to the slow unraveling of Di Caprio‘s character.

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Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993
One of the earlier films to be delivered to a wide audience, as well as children, addressing the topic of Grey Divorce. An arguably depressing ending after the majority of the film watching Robin William‘s character change his entire life and mentality in order to restore the family‘s indentity. On the other hand, though depressing, an accurate portrayal of the reality of a divorce.

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See the films with further notes and scene scripts.

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Research Topic: Grey Divorce

October 2015 - February 2016
The basis of my project proposal is the concept of Grey Divorce: Married individuals aged 50 and older, including the college-educated, are twice as likely to experience a divorce today as they were in 1990. For married individuals aged 65 and older, the risk of divorce has more than doubled since 1990.
The result of many late in life divorces is the increased likelihood that many Adult Children are faced with the loss of family as a unit, weakening of parent-child relationships and become more likely to engage in externalising and anti-social behaviors.