Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]
Is femininity used as a joke (ie, a man crossdressing for humorous intent) in passing? [why this matters]
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? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: To add insult to the usual injury women suffer at the hands of Hollywood, one of the two significant female characters here is defined solely as the wife of a male protagonist… and he’s not even human. Here, a woman must serve the narrative needs of a sexless toy teddy bear who has come to life and considers himself male. (The only other female character is a lawyer, but she’s also here to serve the romantic personal-journey needs of the other male protagonist.)
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Ted 2! 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 Ted 2.