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:+1
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [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: Alas that two of three significant female characters here are defined solely by their motherhood or their desire for children. At least there’s one complex female character in the ensemble, driven by career ambitions that complicate her romantic ambitions. She saves the film from scoring more poorly than it does.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Longest Ride! 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 The Longest Ride.