Is there a female character with significant screen time who appears fully nude? [why this matters]
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? Yes (Shira Piven) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is a movie about a woman coping with mental illness that doesn’t denigrate her or make fun of her. It does allow her to rage and vent and be weird and inappropriate and funny in ways that movies rarely allow women… and it also allows the particular problems of one woman to be metaphorically representative of the problems of humanity at large. A woman’s story as universal? That’s radical.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Welcome to Me! 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 Welcome to Me.