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Where Are the Women? Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

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One man’s story is not an exclusively male venture with the inclusion of female expert commentators, and his wife a partner in coping with his illness.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10

+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]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2

+1
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
+1
More than one? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-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]

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: +7

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: One man’s story is not an exclusively male venture here with the inclusion of more than one female expert in her field — musicians, journalists — commenting on his life and work, along with Campbell’s own daughter, a musician in her own right. And Campbell’s wife is a coprotagonist in coping with his illness.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me! 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 Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me.

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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