Quantcast
become a Patreon patron

precarious since 1997 | by maryann johanson

Where Are the Women? The Lego Movie

WATWlegomovie

The only woman is shuffled aside as hero in favor of a doofus guy… and then she’s reduced to a joke about how badly she’s being treated. Har har?

BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -20

-10
Could the protagonist have been female without significantly impacting the film as a whole? (for a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]


-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: -35

-5
Is a woman or women used as decorative objects/set dressing? [why this matters]
-10
Are one or more either a protagonist or significant supporting character? [why this matters]
-20
Is this a major recurring visual motif? [why this matters]

GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0

[no issues]

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: -55

IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: Bad enough that token awesome girl Wyldstyle really should have turned out to be the Special — because she’s actually special, unlike the doofus guy who gets to be the hero — but then she is also reduced to an ongoing joke about how movies ignore what women have to say if they’re pretty. Wholeheartedly embracing a sexist stereotype doesn’t go as far to make fun of it as the filmmakers would probably like to think.


Click here for the ranking of 2014’s Oscar-nominated films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Lego Movie! 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 Lego Movie.

See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)


This rating is brought to you without paywall restrictions by my generous Kickstarter supporters. If you missed out on the Kickstarter and would like to support this project, you may:

become a monthly or yearly subscriber of FlickFilospher.com
make a pledge at Patreon
• make a donation via Paypal


posted in:
where are the women
explore:

Pin It on Pinterest