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Where Are the Women? The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

Where Are the Women? The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The only female character with any significant presence instantly morphs into supportive help for men and a love interest for one of them.

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: Every single woman in this movie is present for no reason other to support men on their journeys, or as adjuncts to men, mostly as mothers, nurses, or girlfriends (there’s also a nagging wife who appears in one brief scene, and her few lines of dialogue are about telling her husband everything he is doing wrong). The only female character with any significant presence appears at first to be an interesting person in her own right, but she instantly morphs into insanely supportive help for men (what woman living on her own in the countryside would agree to put up overnight three men she doesn’t know and, as she instantly guesses, are up to no good?) and a love interest for one of them, not even the male protagonist but his new sidekick.


Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

Click here for the ranking of 2015’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared! 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 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared.

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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