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 in which a group of male friends party before being shipped overseas with the military includes completely gratuitous and almost pornographic depictions of anonymous naked women servicing them sexually. This serves no purpose except titillation for the viewer, and it’s more extreme than we typically see in mainstream (non-porn) movies.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The only women in the world of this movie are a nagging wife who expects (apparently unreasonably) her husband to hang around after she’s just given birth to his baby, an exotic foreigner who expands a man’s horizons, and nameless and faceless sex toys. And they appear in the briefest, most limited ways possible. That right: even grading on the “Women exist only to support men’s stories” curve, women are treated abysmally here.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Monsters: Dark Continent! 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 Monsters: Dark Continent.