BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +1
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
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: Except for extremely brief appearances by wives and girlfriends of the male characters — and one instance of archival footage of Oprah Winfrey from her TV interview with the real Lance Armstrong (she’s the “women in a position of authority” mentioned elsewhere — women are entirely absent from this film.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Program! 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 The Program.
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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