Interpersonal Conflict in Film

Crash LaToya Jones COM 200 Jacey Saucedo August 8, 2011 Crash When we do not listen effectively to what others have to say, we leave ourselves open to misinterpret the point of others are really trying to make. Also, assuming what another is trying to say without letting them actually finish saying what they want. This can cause confusion in others leading them to jump to conclusions. In the movie “Crash”, not listening to others and communicating effectively can have serious consequences that cannot be reversed. In the move “Crash” a guy was walking down the highway trying to hitch a ride.

Someone pulls over and asks him where he was going. He says anywhere away from here. The guy that gets in the car is an African American; the driver of the car was a Caucasian police officer. As they are talking the African American mentions he likes the music that is playing. It is a country song. The police officer laughs like he does not believe him. He also sees a figurine on the dashboard and started laughing. The officer then asks what he was laughing at assuming he was laughing at him. The African American then says “people” so the officer assumes he means white people. The driver then tells him angrily to get out of his car.

They began to argue back and forth for a minute about not pulling over. The passenger is also unaware that the driver is in fact a police officer. The passenger then reaches into his pocket to show the driver something and the officer told him to keep his hands where he can see them. He keeps trying to get something out of his pocket. The driver assumes it’s a gun or a weapon so as he began to pull it out of his pocket the driver shoots him in the chest. The driver leans over to see what is in his hand and it turns out to be the same figurine of Saint Christopher that was on the dashboard.

He realizes he has just mistakenly shot and killed someone for assuming the wrong thing. This conflict was handled ineffectively because the police officer assumes that he is making fun of him regarding his choice of music and decoration. By the African American not saying what he means sends the wrong messages to the police officer. The police officer formed a stereotype based on what others have said, images portrayed in the media or mistaken beliefs made about people (Sole 2011). They both were hearing each other but not really listening to each other.

Furthermore, when the African American was speaking to the driver he was responding with sarcasm like he did not believe what he was saying. He may have really been honest about liking country music, and relating to the figurine because he has the same thing. If people would communicate what they mean instead of assuming the other person who is listening will automatically understand what is being said. They both could have been motivated to listen with the open mind and an expectation of gaining something from the person doing the speaking.

Also they could have paid more attention to each other. The African American could have also communicated that he has the same figurine instead of laughing and saying people. When anyone hears something like that from some that is a different race, they automatically assume they mean a certain race. References Sole, K. (2011). Visual elements of interpersonal communication. In Making connections: understanding interpersonal communication. Retrieved from https://content. asford. edu/books/AUCOM200. 11. 1