BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: -10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
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: -15
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: What few women appear here exist solely as supportive adjuncts to the male protagonist: a young wife (who is barely a character and speaks a scant few lines) early in his life and, later, a new girlfriend who is a more robust character in the sense that she actually impacts the story in a significant way… but still only in how she helps the male protagonist better his situation and return to mental health and creative spirit.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Love & Mercy! 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 Love & Mercy.
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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