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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? Get Hard

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Women appear here only briefly, as a nagging but loyal wife, a nagging and duplicitous fiancée, and an anonymous twerking ass.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of girls/women]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -30

-5
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
-20
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]
-5
Does this include gratuitous “booty” shots? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -15

-5
Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]


-5
Is there a female character whose primary goal is romantic (to get married, enter into a longterm relationship with a man, etc)? [why this matters]


-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: -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: Women appear here only briefly, as a nagging but loyal wife, a nagging and duplicitous fiancée, and an anonymous twerking ass. (I’m not sure which is the most offensive.) A wise-cracking little girl is a couple of scenes is the most positive representation half the human race gets.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Get Hard! 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 Get Hard.

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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