BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: -15
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -10
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -15
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: -50
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Women aren’t participants in the story here: they are motivating factor for the men whose actions drive the plot, often because other men are threatening those women. The sidelining of women is best encapsulated by one scene in which a woman is instructed to “wait in the car” while the male protagonist goes inside to continue driving the story. And like a good little girl, she does.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Self/less! 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 Self/less.
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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