Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
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: Except for extremely brief appearances by wives and girlfriends of the male characters — and one instance of archival footage of Oprah Winfrey from her TV interview with the real Lance Armstrong (she’s the “women in a position of authority” mentioned elsewhere — women are entirely absent from this film.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Program! 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 Program.