BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +1
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: +6
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: It’s disappointing that there is only one significant female character here — Rachel McAdams’s journalist — among a sea of men (although it’s good to see that she does get one of the more prominent character arcs among the ensemble). Alas, this is probably an accurate reflection of the male-dominated profession this based-on-fact story is set among.
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NOTE: This is not a “review” of Spotlight! 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 Spotlight.
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