BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +4
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: -16
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of five credited (Meg LeFauve) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Boy dinosaur (who could easily have been a girl dinosaur) goes on journey, where he meets a boy human (who could have easily been a girl human) and is helped by other creatures who are also mostly male (but who could have easily been mostly female) to overcome his fear, learn to be brave, and become a better person in the process. His mom and sister? They stay home, of course. No journeys or personal improvement for them!
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Good Dinosaur! 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 Good Dinosaur.
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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