Where Are the Women? Return to Sender

Where Are the Women Return to Sender

Falls into a trap that ensnares too many movies about women: that they are only worth telling stories about when they are the victims of gendered violence.


Is there a female protagonist? [why this matters]


Is there a female character with insignificant screen time in a position of authority? [why this matters]
Is there a woman whose role could easily have been played by a man? [why this matters]


[no issues]


Is a dead mother mentioned? [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)

This film falls into a common trap: that getting raped is something that makes a woman “interesting” or worth telling a story about. This doesn’t automatically preclude a compelling story or character, but in this case, there is nothing to the protagonist’s life as far as this movie is concerned except her rape and how she reacts to it.
One supporting female character is defined entirely thus: She is a fat woman who is constantly eating.


IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)

IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Patricia Beauchamp) (does not impact scoring)

BOTTOM LINE: This is a story about a woman, but it falls into a typical trap that ensnares too many movies about women: that they are only worth telling stories about when they are the victims of gendered violence.

Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.

NOTE: This is not a “review” of Return to Sender! 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 Return to Sender.

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Mon, May 25, 2015 6:10pm

Stumbling over multitudes of reviews via IMDB and watching how movies, the culture, critics, the business of Hollywood, people, and the delivery systems have changed over the past 50 years in real time prompts yet another question, Where are the people and the millions of hours wasted through movies? The obsession of them, reviews some so long winded as to rival the movies themselves, the content, who took over Hollywood (there is a definite turning point) just as there is for America which is very close in time to when Fascism (a noteworthy point of the Corporatocracy which has since permeated this country) is seen and accepted by the brainwashed masses, and also has become a champion through movies to deliver the messages both in your face and subliminally does not just seem to be the case, it is most definitely the reality of the non-reality of movies, and cartoons which spew out perversions of everything imaginable.
The cell phone which causes so much anxiety when misplaced or lost and is for most a staple of life had a new reason to cause drama, how on earth can I survive without having a movie to watch anywhere and anytime I need one?
More and more critics and movie goer’s/viewers are becoming aware that there is a mountain of the same old same old, rehashed nonsense, extreme boredom, sickness and perversity, stupidity both in screenplays and in concepts, and a resounding “what is the purpose of this movie which is a waste of my time, money, and more than ever actors talents?”

It reinvents itself every year, the same themes with little men and their little guns, cops and robbers, murder, rape, black Escalades with the CIA-FBI, the occult, sex romps that are not humorous and ARE boring, and more and more on both Cable and the big screen a 25 fold increase in homosexual themes intended to express to you that “it is alright” when it is a disgusting and immoral state of being that your own intuition tells you it is, and it is not an opinion nor is it just a religious point of view as so many who have these feelings are not religious and are also young who know down to their bones it is wrong and risk attack if they speak their minds, even belittled in SCHOOL in little focus groups who consist o