BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -5
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -30
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)
TOTAL SCORE: -35
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Irena Brignull) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The only female presence is the daughter of a male authority figure who’s only present in the story because of her father’s position. Unless we also count the male villain who frequently employs a drag disguise. Even the fantastical boxtrolls all read as male. This is completely typical for Hollywood, and it’s most insidious in children’s movies: Do we really want to teach our kids that girls are, almost literally, the odd man out?
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Boxtrolls! 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 Boxtrolls.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)