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:0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
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 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 (Ami Canaan Mann) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Ami Canaan Mann) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Romance for the female coprotagonist here isn’t the be-all and end-all of her existence (nor is the fact that she is a mother), but rather something that she incorporates into her complicated life, and from which she draws inspiration for that life and for her identity as her own person.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Jackie & Ryan! 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 Jackie & Ryan.