BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +4
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: +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: With an ensemble that is gender balanced — including multiple characters who could have easily been played by men, and a woman who goes on a somewhat significant personal journey, even if it is in the aid of protecting her child — this movie is inoffensive, even reasonably fair, in its depiction of women.
Click here for the ongoing ranking of 2015’s films for female representation.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension! 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 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
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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In a way this is more encouraging than a good film getting a +40. Because this was clearly produced by people who didn’t care what they were doing, edited by a committee, focus-grouped with test audiences… and it still has a positive score.
In an ideal world, no movies would be crappy. In a better world than the one we live in now, there would be as many crappy movies that represent women well as there are crappy movies that represent men well.