Movie Review: Justine

  1. Explain the family dynamics between Justine and her parents.

Justine’s parents are very successful real estate professionals who have no little time to be with Justine. They are very loving yet overprotective of Justine. They keep her hidden from the world. This baseless isolation of Justine by her parents prevents her to experience the world. All they talk is her surgery and need not spending time with her.

  1. Explain the family dynamics of Justine’s Caretaker/Direct Support Professional and her family.

Justine’s caretaker is a widowed single mother of two after unexplained death of her husband. With no income she moves with her two children to live in the garage of her father-in-law’s home.  She is under stress and a frustrated person that she gives her children to a surrogate parent. She struggling to come to terms with her loss to the extent of neglecting and withholding from her family. She is not qualified for most jobs that she reluctantly accepts to become Justine’s caregiver so that she can be able to provide for her children. The father in-law is frustrated and unhappy that Lisa is neglecting her own children leaving the responsibility to him. He is concerned about Lisa, children and even himself that he makes impulse visit with the children to the Veteran Administration grief counselor.

  1. Why do you think Justine’s family decided to homeschool her with a private teacher?

To protect her from other school children. They were overprotective of Justine that fear what other children in school might say or do to her in school.

  1. What developmental disability is Justine have in the movie?

Justine has spina bifida

  1. 5. What emotional or psychological similarity did Justine and her Caretaker/Direct Support Professional?

Both Justine and her caretaker feel alone because they have been isolated. Justine has been isolated from the world by her parents. She is home-schooled by a private teacher. Justine has embraced her alone time by inventing imaginary friends whom she has cheery conversations with. Similarly, the caretaker is broken and shut-off from everything. She feel detached from her family following unexplained death of her husband. She is filled with pain and grief as she mourns the death of her husband.

  1. In your opinion, was it appropriate for Justine’s Caretaker/Direct Support Professional to defend for her when she was being bullied at the playground? If so, why?

Yes. To make a case to those people who make judgments, assumptions and comments about others when know absolutely nothing.

  1. 7. In your opinion, do you think that Justine’s Caretaker/Direct Support Professional had Justine’s best interest at heart when she expressed her feeling true feeling to her parents regarding her schooling and socialization?

Yes. The choices of Justine’s parents were harmful to her growth and interpersonal relationships. Her parents seemed ignorant by locking her away from the world experiences and real social interactions.

  1. In your opinion, was Justine cognitively age appropriate? Explain your answer.

Yes, it was age-appropriate. Justine is able to engage with other characters in a specific way in the movie but also young enough to blithely pass the parents’ bigotry comments.

  1. Should Justine’s Caretakers/Direct Support Professionals respect her parents outlook on the way they wanted her educated and socialized?

No, Justine’s parents exhibited ignorant parenting that affected her growth. The parents also seemed to perpetuate bigotry and racist slurs that Justine seemed to absorb.

  1. In your opinion, what was the best part of movie?

The best part of this movie is where Justine’s caretaker comes to some understanding with her parents after Justine mentioned innocently her parents’ bigotry and racist comments against Lisa.


Stephanie Turner (Dir). (2019). Justine. United States: Football Brat Production.

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