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]
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: A female villain who isn’t defined by her sexuality helps balance out the female sidekick to the good guys who may be smart and capable but, as is typical, still takes a backseat to the men. Still, films in this genre often treat women much worse than this one does, so even a score of zero is an improvement over business as usual.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Man from U.N.C.L.E.! 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 Man from U.N.C.L.E..