BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +25
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -25
WILDCARD SCORE: +20
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: +45
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is a fantastic example of how gender-swapping characters and casting women in roles that could have easily been played by men creates a richer, smarter, more complex story without sacrificing any humor, action, or adventure, and adds new layers of social and cultural commentary that wouldn’t have existed otherwise.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Spy! 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 Spy.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)