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: There are lots of girls and women in this movie, which is a good thing. Most of the women, however, are defined as caretakers of children or as mothers, which isn’t great. (There are plenty of men who are not defined as fathers.) At least the girls get more scope to their lives. And the presence of a female protagonist still manages to trump those issues.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism! 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 Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism.