BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -8
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -40
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -20
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)
In one scene, a male character we’re intended to see in a positive way attempts to force his girlfriend to have sex with him… and it only stops being rape once he announces he’ll marry her, at which point she starts screaming in ecstasy. (This dynamic is emblematic of the film’s ideas about romance.)
TOTAL SCORE: -73
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Rachel Long) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is a proudly sexist movie in which all women are crazy (and the “hotter” they are the crazier they are) and slut-shaming and policing a woman’s sexual agency is inherent to the plot… and not in any way that condemns those attitudes.
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NOTE: This is not a “review” of Dawn Patrol! 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 Dawn Patrol.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)
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