BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -25
WILDCARD SCORE: -5
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
The film makes a joke out of its female protagonist having a creepy, sexually aggressive stalker, to the point of suggesting that it might be a good thing that there’s a man in her life who knows where she lives, right down to the Google coordinates.
TOTAL SCORE: -5
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes (Tess Morris) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: We know zip about the female protagonist except that she does not have a boyfriend… which is, as we all know, the biggest disaster that can befall a woman. Hooray for a story about a woman, but boo for how retrograde it is. This is a movie about literally nothing except her romantic desperation.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Man Up! 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 Man Up.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)