Along Came Polly (2004)

Concept featured in clip: Food allergies
Location of clip: (DVD)

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Summary of clip: Rueben is trying to impress Polly and be accommodating by eating the spicy food that she loves, even though he knows that his body will not tolerate it.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Food allergies and sensitivities can cause great distress in the body. This is evident in this clip where Rueben is sweating profusely and must run to the bathroom due to gastrointestinal discomfort.
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Questions to ask after viewing:

Why do you think peppers have this effect on some people?

What is it about the pepper that reacts poorly in the human body?

This could lead into a discussion or project about food allergies and why some foods affect people differently than others. Food allergies are a huge problem for some people, so this is a relevant topic to gain deeper understanding of why this happens.