Film: 'Crocodile Dundee' directed by Peter FaimanHow are stereotypical roles upheld and challenged?

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One of the stereotypes that is both upheld and challenged is the role of the damsel in distress. Sue is supposed to be the delicate female from the city who needs help from the big, strong man to survive in the wilderness. In some ways this is true, Mike does save her from an alligator and later from some dangerous men; however, Sue shows herself to be quite capable as well. For instance, Mike assumes she doesn't know how to handle a gun, but Sue surprises him by being a good marksman. In the same film, we see this role reversed as Sue and Mike travel to New York City. Mike becomes the stereotypical damsel in distress as he struggle to understand the big city. Sue becomes the rescuer as she repeatedly helps Mike understand the new environment. Of course, Mike still saves Sue a number of times even in New York. This stereotype is constantly being upheld and broken throughout the movie.