BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -20
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -35
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0
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: -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.
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.)