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? [why this matters]
Is a woman paired romantically with a man old enough to be her father? [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? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women aren’t participants in the story here: they are motivating factor for the men whose actions drive the plot, often because other men are threatening those women. The sidelining of women is best encapsulated by one scene in which a woman is instructed to “wait in the car” while the male protagonist goes inside to continue driving the story. And like a good little girl, she does.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Self/less! 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 Self/less.