BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +5
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
WILDCARD SCORE: +10
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The film features a primarily female ensemble that entirely defies the stereotypes that girls and women are typically slotted into onscreen, and who occupy the full ecosystem of dramatic characters for what is basically a police procedural, from cop to suspects to red herrings.
TOTAL SCORE: +20
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? Yes (Amy Berg) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Nicole Holofcener) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Though the story revolves primarily around traditionally female concerns, such as motherhood and maternal drives, much of the drama and mystery arises from subverting stereotypes and delving into how women really cope — or don’t — with the pressures and expectations placed upon them.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Every Secret Thing! 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 Every Secret Thing.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)