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Where Are the Women? Big Game

Where Are the Women Big Game

There is exactly one woman with a speaking role in this film, and I don’t think she has more than three lines of dialogue.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-10
Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +3

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


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

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]

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: -12

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: There is exactly one woman with a speaking role in this film — Felicity Huffman as the director of the CIA — and I don’t think she has more than three lines of dialogue. The tween protagonist could easily have been female, and in fact that would have made extra potent the film’s snarky commentary on the rituals of manliness such as big-game hunting.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Big Game! 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 Big Game.

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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