BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +11
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
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: +36
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is the sort of representation of half the human race that we don’t see enough of onscreen: a woman who is a wife and a mother (nothing wrong with that!) but not as her defining characteristic. Here we have a woman with a full, rich life and deeply troublesome problems that are uniquely her own, and which she requires the support of others to muddle through.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Still Alice! 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 Still Alice.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)