Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children*? (*in this case, an adult child) [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)
The film is specifically about the unique nature of women’s friendships with one another — as distinct from men’s friendships with one another — in a way that is rarely seen onscreen.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? Yes (Catherine Hardwicke) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Morwenna Banks) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: With not only one female protagonist but two, and with the focus of their story on the relationship between them at a time of great stress, this is a stellar example of a film that allows women to be fully human, including as scared, as asshole-ish, and as ignoble as men are always allowed to be onscreen.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Miss You Already! 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 Miss You Already.