BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -20
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +5
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -8
WILDCARD SCORE: -5
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
From the film’s hero forgetting that a woman he has obviously been having sex with is still present on his ship to ribbing he takes over an apparently disgusting nonhuman alien woman he has slept with, jokes about women as sexual playthings to be used and discarded are an unfortunate motif of the movie’s humor.
TOTAL SCORE: -28
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Nicole Perlman) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Kudos to the film for including more than one token women in its mix. Too bad the (male) CGI cyber-raccoon is more fully realized, more complex, and more sympathetic than any of them are. Being overt and obvious about the tropes you’re playing with — such as the “woman makes hero a better man” cliché — doesn’t really work as a joke when you embrace them with gusto anyway.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Guardians of the Galaxy! 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 Guardians of the Galaxy.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)