Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is the sort of representation of half the human race that we don’t see enough of onscreen: a woman who is a wife and a mother (nothing wrong with that!) but not as her defining characteristic. Here we have a woman with a full, rich life and deeply troublesome problems that are uniquely her own, and which she requires the support of others to muddle through.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Still Alice! 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 Still Alice.