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Where Are the Women? Alex of Venice

Where Are the Women? Alex of Venice

Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s lawyer, wife, and mother reflects realities of modern women’s complicated and harried lives that movies often ignore.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25

+25
Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +11

+5
Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]


+1
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
+1
More than one? [why this matters]


+2
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
+2
More than one? [why this matters]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

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: +36

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, two of three credited (Jessica Goldberg and Katie Nehra)

BOTTOM LINE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s competent lawyer and somewhat neglectful wife and mother reflects realities of modern women’s complicated and harried lives that movies often ignore.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Alex of Venice! 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 Alex of Venice.

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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