Secondary real-world data on evaluations by the general public of the 440 movies ever nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award are used to explore the role of female/male consumers' identification with the leading actress/actor in determining judgments of motion picture excellence. Beyond identification, age- and gender-based similarities with other movie components -namely, the leading opposite-gender star, the director, and the setting-underlie other potential psychological mechanisms relevant to explaining the evaluations of films. Contrary to expectations, the findings indicate that identification with the same-gender, same-age leading star plays no significant role. Conversely, younger opposite-gender leading stars, older directors, and unfamiliar temporal settings contribute to favorable evaluations-thereby supporting the hypotheses of romantic attraction as a source of star power; reverence toward more mature directors; and an eagerness to escape from ordinary life, respectively. (C) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Addis, M., Holbrook, M.b. (2010). Consumers' Identification and Beyond: Attraction, Reverence, and Escapism in the Evaluation of Films. PSYCHOLOGY & MARKETING, 27(9), 821-845 [10.1002/mar.20359].