Is there a female character with significant screen time who grows, changes, and/or learns something over the course of the story? (for an ensemble cast, or a film with a male protagonist) [why this matters]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE:+6
Is there a female character (either a protagonist or a supporting character with significant screen time) in a position of authority (politics, law, medicine, etc.)? [why this matters]
Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is sexually manipulated or abused by a male protagonist as a way to advance his story? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The film would have had a better showing if only the smart, aggressive, and competent TV news director character played by Rene Russo wasn’t in several ways entirely at the mercy of the male protagonist in a way that a male character never would have been.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Nightcrawler! 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 Nightcrawler.