Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [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)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Explorations of the particular pressures that teenage girls are under are definitely needed, and we get that here. But we also get a lot of clichés that reduce girls to not much beyond how they look and what they wear, and a standard deployment of a mean-girl villain.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The DUFF! 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 The DUFF.