BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +11
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
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)
That all the Minions are coded “male” — to the point of every single named Minion sporting a male name — is problematic on its own, but when the opening sequence of the film is an extended joke about the Minions’ evolution, the complete absence of female Minions really stands out as a bizarre omission.
TOTAL SCORE: -9
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: They are little yellow blobs. There is absolutely no reason why they must all be male. And yet they are. Because maleness is the default for characters worth telling stories about as far as Hollywood is concerned, even if they are little yellow blobs.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Minions! 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 Minions.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)