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: Women? If they’re not hookers or heartbreakers, they’re just standing around being decorative. Even the one potentially positive female character — an assistant district attorney at a time (the early 1970s) when that would have been unusual — features her as primarily a sexual partner to the male protagonist; the only use of her authority we see is when she abuses it to help him.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Inherent Vice! 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.) I have no immediate plans to review the film.