Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
A woman is blamed for her own rape. By the protagonist. And not in a way that we’re intended to see as something wrongheaded and worthy of condemnation and as appalling evidence of rape culture. Fuck that shit.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: If there was a Where Are the Women bingo card, this unpleasantly retro movie would win a booby prize. A hooker with a heart of gold who is raped in order to motivate the protagonist. A diner waitress who is wise and kind and actually named Roxy. A sexy bombshell who is defined so exclusively by her body that she is identified only as “DD.” All in the same movie!
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Wild Card! 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 Wild Card.