BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of girls/women]
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: +2
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: 0
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -25
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: -23
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The most significant female character here is the male protagonist’s wife… and she is introduced in a scene in which she is, literally, vacuuming. Then she goes on to become a nag, though of course a loving and supportive one. Most of the other women in this film are either annoying chatterboxes or “amusingly” slutty. The only woman who could be construed as depicted in a wholly positive way — a kindly motel owner with whom the male protagonist enjoys a brief flirtation — is ultimately treated very poorly (the male protagonist skips out on his bill and leaves damage behind). Even worse, the movie doesn’t even seem to realize that its putative hero has done anything wrong.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of A Walk in the Woods! 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 A Walk in the Woods.
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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