other teachers (Dalton 39). As I reflected on these core principles that
appeared so integral to inspiring growth and instilling passion, however,
my mind drifted outside the classroom.
As I thought back on my childhood through the lens of this
model, one particular teacher who checked all of those boxes came to
mind, except he was not a teacher at all. He was a former baseball coach
of mine, named Jay. While the year I played on his team consisted of a
lot of baseball, I never viewed Jay in the same light as any of the other
people who coached me over the years, and trust me there have been a
lot. Jay was the chief of police in my hometown, and he used that
position of a role model to instill values and lessons that I will never
forget. After he was no longer my coach, he was a mentor to me.
Despite not being a traditional teacher, he was personally involved with
my life when I sought advice. He learned from me as well as he treated
me like an adult despite being just 15-years old. And he didn’t just teach
me baseball; he personalized the curriculum and taught me about life.
Therefore, this is where my mind went as I connected The Hollywood
Model to my life. Additionally, this figure in my life exemplifies the
importance of my “good mentor” model. As figures who can have such
a positive impact on someone’s life exist outside the classroom, a model
to set the expectation and make judgments by in the real world is
critical. Thus “good mentor” model will herein serve as a way to assess
and breakdown how mentors are portrayed on the big screen, and the
cultural implications this has on each one of our lives.
This personal experience of mine inspired me to examine The
Hollywood Model outside of the classroom. I wondered what the
“good mentor” was, if it existed in movies, and how it differed from
the “good teacher.” In order to explore this, I examined The Silence of the
Lambs (1991), Lethal Weapon (1987), and Men in Black (1997), as all three
revolve around mentoring relationships with people in law enforcement
but represent different film genres. Then, in order to bridge this back
to The Hollywood Model, I explored Walter White’s character in the
television series Breaking Bad (2008-13). In the show, White (Bryan
Cranston) is a teacher turned mentor, who exists on the other side of
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