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: A female protagonist in a position of authority, in which she is allowed the space to be professional and — more importantly — be heeded by men, is a very good thing. Even the overarching suggestion that her particular brand of authority is bad for her is a person isn’t enough to sink a movie that otherwise grants women multiple roles in positions of power and influence, and never treats them like eye candy.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Our Brand Is Crisis! 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 Our Brand Is Crisis.