[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character whose primary goal is romantic (to get married, enter into a longterm relationship with a man, etc)? [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 a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children*? (*in this case adult children) [why this matters]
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [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)
The film makes a joke out of its female protagonist having a creepy, sexually aggressive stalker, to the point of suggesting that it might be a good thing that there’s a man in her life who knows where she lives, right down to the Google coordinates.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Tess Morris) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: We know zip about the female protagonist except that she does not have a boyfriend… which is, as we all know, the biggest disaster that can befall a woman. Hooray for a story about a woman, but boo for how retrograde it is. This is a movie about literally nothing except her romantic desperation.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Man Up! 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 Man Up.