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Where Are the Women? Two by Two: Ooops… The Ark Has Gone (aka Two by Two: God’s Little Creatures, aka All Creatures Big and Small)

Where Are the Women Two by Two: Ooops… The Ark Has Gone (aka Two by Two: God’s Little Creatures aka All Creatures Big and Small)

A female coprotagonist who is not defined by her gender and hardly any specifically gendered issues tip this movie slightly into the positive.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10

+10
Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +1

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

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: -3

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

A dead mother isn’t mentioned [why this matters], but the mother of the male coprotagonist is absent without explanation, though his father is a major character. This might not be worth mentioning except for the Noah’s-ark setting of the story. Someone should be wondering why his father is trying to get on the ark without his mate but with his son instead.

TOTAL SCORE: +3

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

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

BOTTOM LINE: A female coprotagonist who is not defined by her gender and hardly any specifically gendered issues tip this movie slightly into the positive. It’s a shame that almost all of the supporting characters are male, however, particularly in a story (set on Noah’s ark) that should, by definition, be equally balanced between male and female characters.


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

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Two by Two: Ooops… The Ark Has Gone (aka Two by Two: God’s Little Creatures, aka All Creatures Big and Small)! 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 Two by Two: Ooops… The Ark Has Gone (aka Two by Two: God’s Little Creatures, aka All Creatures Big and Small).

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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