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Where Are the Women? 90 Minutes in Heaven

Where Are the Women? 90 Minutes in Heaven

What does a proper Christian wife do? Stand by her whiny husband even though he wants to go to heaven to escape her, of course.

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10

-10
Is there a woman who is mostly pretty awesome and perfect who is present to support a man improving himself? [why this matters]

FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0

[no significant representation of women in authority]

THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0

[no issues]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10

-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]


-5
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional or biological relationship with a child or children? [why this matters]

WILDCARD SCORE: 0

Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)

No.

TOTAL SCORE: -20

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: Whiny man thinks he went to heaven, and wants to leave his wife and children and go back there for good. Saintly wife, like an idiot, stands by him looking on adoringly while he concentrates on dying. Worse, instead of packing up the kids and leaving, she martyrs herself while hubby is in the hospital, refusing to sleep in their bed and bunking instead on the uncomfortable sofa in their living room in his absence. Because that’s what a proper wife does? Bizarre.


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NOTE: This is not a “review” of 90 Minutes in Heaven! 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 90 Minutes in Heaven.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


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