BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +12
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -3
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -50
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -33
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)
A plot point turns on a “funny” false accusation of rape. Because that’s what women do when they’re mad at a man.
TOTAL SCORE: -79
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: When they’re not anonymous strippers or hookers, women here are nothing but thorns in the side of the male protagonist: criticizing him, cajoling him, ordering him about, lying to him, manipulating him, using him to improve their own standing in the world. In almost every way imaginable, women exist in this story as adjuncts to a man… and not even in a positive supportive way.
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NOTE: This is not a “review” of Top Five! 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 Top Five.
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I suppose that if one were fine-tuning these criteria one should give fewer nonwhite points where the entire cast (or close to it) is nonwhite. But I don’t think it would make a huge difference.
It wouldn’t help here.