Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children*? (*in this case, adult children) [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)
Much of the film’s humor springs specifically from a woman’s perspective on the world, including anxieties about attraction and dating that are often treated in pop culture as worries only men have. There is also comedic focus on cultural expectations of women, from how we’re supposed to dress to how we’re supposed to be “nice” and self-sacrificing.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Paula Pell) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Two screwed-up female protagonists who desperately need to grow and change as people, a female antagonist whose villainy isn’t gendered, and humor that looks at the world from a uniquely female perspective and that understands women’s fears and worries. This is what we need to see more of at the movies.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Sisters! 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 Sisters.