BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +5
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -5
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: +2
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Apart from the Lone Girl on the otherwise all-boy team of superheroes, there are only two women with speaking roles in this film, both of whom appear only extremely briefly in single scenes: the mother of one of the male coprotagonists, and a soldier. (The film is, of course, packed with men with speaking roles of all sorts of sizes.) It’s only the fact that soldier could have been played by a man that gets this movie even slightly into positive territory. This is a case of a film doing the absolute minimum it needs to in order not to be considered outright sexist.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Fantastic Four! 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 Fantastic Four.
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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