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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? The Imitation Game

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A bit of sly commentary on how tough it can be for a woman in a “man’s” job gives this historical drama some very 21st-century feminist relevance.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +5

+10
Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
-5
Is she the only woman in an otherwise all-male ensemble? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: +5

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: While it’s mostly focused on dudes, this historical drama explicitly comments on the issues and concerns of a woman doing a job traditionally seen as the exclusive domain of men (mathematics), many of which are still applicable today, 70 years later.


Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Imitation Game! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Imitation Game.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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