Strictly Ballroom (1992)
This was a movie about ballroom dancing. The main character Scott is a champion but in a competition he tried to show his new created moves. This action had cause his mother who is formerly a ballroom dancer to get upset. Throughout the story, Scott’s mother, his coach and even the President of the Australian Dancing Federation tried to complied his not to use his new move in his competition. The concept that I wanted to share on this is the theory of compliance. Compliance can be beneficial in some situation but blindly complied can be harmful. Try to think that if you are being complied by someone but you did to find out the truth behind it, you might commit things that can be terrible like crime. Obeying the authority can be a right thing but we should know the right time to speak it out when we think is wrong. In the movie, Scott dance according to his dancing instinct to make up new moves but his mother tried hard to complied him. However, he thinks that he wanted to perform his move to the crowd, so he did not complied to his mother but follow his instinct.
In Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the theory of expert power can be applied here as well. Barry Fife ( President of the Australian Dancing Federation) who has all the expert dancing skills try all he can to stop Scott to express out his new dance move. This is because he was afraid that if Scott won the championship by creating his new dance move, there will be no more dancing teaching business for him. Same apply to the theory of expert power where people will want others to rely on them to feel that they are able to control everything.
A quote that I think is meaningful from this movie is ” A life live in fear, is a life hard to live“……