A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In examining role of women in media, provides both information and inspiration. Importance of action to address wrongdoing is emphasized. Brings to light important facts and figures about gender inequity in filmed media (both in front of and behind the camera) and further shows effects of that inequity on the hearts and minds of viewers, especially kids.
Positive Role Models
Film's subjects (actors, filmmakers, academics, journalists) exhibit courage, intelligence, determination, strong advocacy skills, uncompetitive teamwork. They are exemplary researchers, spokespersons, and activists for a cause. The males interviewed are empathetic, concerned, inspired to take action. Ethnic diversity throughout.
Violence & Scariness
Film clips show some violence: gunfire, fighting, explosions, men and women in peril.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Film clips show women in sexy poses, revealing clothing, not being taken seriously, as sexual objects.
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A few instances of profanity: "t-ts and ass," "s--t," "f--k," "d--k," "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Film clips show some social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that This Changes Everything (2018) is a well-researched, effective documentary about evolving women's roles in movies and television, both in front of and behind the camera. Geena Davis, the driving force behind the film, acts as the audience's guide through a history of women in film, as well as a presentation of the current status of women in the industry. Viewers can expect a number of short clips from movies over several decades that show violence (gunfire, explosions, brutal fighting) as well as sexual objectification (revealing clothing and demeaning of women and girls). There are a few instances of profanity, spoken by passionate interviewees (i.e., "ass," "f--k," "bitch," "s--t," "t-ts," and "d--k"). Messages about the negative effects of gender inequality on female viewers, especially kids and teens, are frequent and illuminating. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This documentary features an impressive company of female actors and directors who light up the screen with their stories and insights addressing gender discrimination. As affecting as it is informative, It isn't all new information, it's simply well documented with damning facts and stats (only 4.1% of top-grossing films from 2002 to 2014 were directed by women!) beautifully delivered by folks who have been and still are feeling the effects of a systemic imbalance in the entertainment industry. Of particular note are the stories of the earliest female directors trying to change the status quo: Maria Griese, whose diligence turned her into a change-maker; efforts by the Directors Guild of America and the American Civil Liberties Union to promote change; and John Landgraf, a network boss who was inspired by a journalist and refused to accept the existing situation.
This Changes Everything (an ironic title given how often certain movies over the years that were heralded as game changers fell flat) has an important point to make: "Hollywood is our storytelling machine; it creates our cultural narrative and informs as the voice of our civilization." One hopes that those who can make a difference hear that message.
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