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 is no significant female presence in this film. Women make brief appearances as girlfriends, exes, and mother figures, but even they have little impact and cannot get between men as they bond over life’s disappointments and frustrations.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Life! 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 Life.