BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +25
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: +24
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: This is an excellent example of how stories about women can become expressions of universal experience (like, the kind that men have too): by allowing female protagonists to have rich, full lives involving work and love, difficult choices, mistakes and failures to be owned up to and overcome, and hard-won successes. When stories depict women as fully human, they speak to all of us even through minor differences in the details.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Brooklyn! 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 Brooklyn.
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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