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Where Are the Women? Jackie & Ryan (aka Love Me Like You Do)

Where Are the Women? Jackie & Ryan (aka Love Me Like You Do)

Romance for the female coprotagonist isn’t the be-all and end-all of her existence, but rather something from which she draws inspiration for her life.

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: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

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

No.

TOTAL SCORE: +5

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.


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

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.

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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