BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +30
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: 0
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: +32
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? Yes (Liz Garbus) (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The best way to represent women well onscreen is simply to make movies about women. Maybe occasionally about a woman who isn’t white. That’s it.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of What Happened, Miss Simone?! 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 What Happened, Miss Simone?.
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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