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Where Are the Women? Project Almanac

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Boys will be boys, and do science. And girls will be girls, and stand around scantily dressed and watching the boys in awe.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -20

-10
Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]


-10
Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -10

-5
Is there a female character with significant screen time who dresses less appropriately for the environment than her male counterparts do? [why this matters]
-5
More than one? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -15

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]


-10
Is there a female character who is sexually manipulated or abused by a male protagonist as a way to advance his story? [why this matters]

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: -45

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: Boys will be boys, and do science and manipulate girls with their time machine. And girls will be girls, and stand around scantily dressed and watching the boys in awe.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Project Almanac! 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 Project Almanac.

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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  • RogerBW

    Clearly Particle Fever needed more bikini-clad chicks.

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