Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
A scene set in a unisex sauna appears to be nothing more than an excuse to get some bare breasts onscreen while avoiding any graphic male nudity.
A scene set in a gay club reinforces the clichéd notion that while female nudity is intended to be titillating, male nudity is intended only to be comic. Additionally, the male nudity consists solely of disembodied penises (poking out of “glory holes”), so male nudity is also rendered anonymous, while the female nudity here is not.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Almost everything that is wrong about how women are depicted by Hollywood, collected in one ugly movie.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Unfinished Business! 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 Unfinished Business.