BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +3
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
WILDCARD SCORE: 0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: -17
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? Yes (Niki Caro) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of three credited (Bettina Gilois) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women barely exist in this movie except as supporting characters to their sons, boyfriends, and husbands. Behold yet another stock supportive wife: noble, long-suffering, making the best of the messes her husband is constantly getting their family into.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of McFarland USA (aka McFarland)! 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 McFarland USA (aka McFarland).
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)