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:+4
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [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: With an ensemble that is gender balanced — including multiple characters who could have easily been played by men, and a woman who goes on a somewhat significant personal journey, even if it is in the aid of protecting her child — this movie is inoffensive, even reasonably fair, in its depiction of women.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension! 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 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.