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: As far as female representation goes, this movie can be summed up thusly: Sure, bad things happen to girls and women all the time, but how does a man feel about it? This is, alas, practically a traditional way to explore the bad things that happen to girls and women, as far as Hollywood is concerned.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Black or White! 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.) See my rating of Black or White.