BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: +14
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: +29
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No, though it is based on a book written by a woman (Cheryl Strayed) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is a hugely feminist film, with very positive of representation of women — more than one, even! — as people with hopes, dreams, and problems uniquely their own.
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What about the age difference of Dern and Witherspoon? There’s only NINE years between them. How are they mother and daughter?!
Wouldn’t that be a consideration in the wildcard? (W.r.t. sexist casting about the “appropriate” ago for a woman to be/play.)
Dern portrays the mom from the time the Witherspoon character is a child (and played by a child actor). I think this is acceptable.
But yes, there will be instances where there will be a wildcard note of a woman too young to be playing someone else’s mother.
Ah. I haven’t seen the movie yet. I didn’t know that. Thank you!
Interesting that almost all the points here come from the female protagonist herself rather than from her interactions with people.