BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +3
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
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: -22
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Anna Boden) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Anna Boden) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: With the exception of a riveting one-scene appearance by Alfre Woodard in a role that could easily have been played by a man, women are all but absent here, and when they do briefly appear, they are little more than aggrieved ex-wives or hookers with hearts of gold.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Mississippi Grind! 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 Mississippi Grind.
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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