Women purchase half of the movie tickets sold in the U.S., yet continue to be underrepresented and misrepresented in our most popular films.
See the full infographic, created by the New York Film Academy, here.
Like, you know, whatever.
Percentage of Movies Featuring Two or More Women in a Co-Starring Role
Again, this includes supporting roles, but it is sort of like the Bechdel test minus the conversations: If a movie features more than one woman, then it usually treats the women as more than adornments or expendable love interests. (Notable exceptions: Gwyneth Paltrow and Scarlett Johannson in 2010’s Iron Man 2; Jeanne Tripplehorn and Holly Hunter in 1993’s The Firm.) Taken further, having more than one co-starring actress turns out to be a fairly decent indicator of a movie being about a group of women (A League of Their Own, say, or the obvious Bridesmaids example) as opposed to relationships or families… even at its best, this data is a bummer: Less than 30 percent of all movies can bother to write in more than a wife or a sidekick.
The results confirmed our suspicions: As leading men age, their love interests stay the same, and even the oldest men on our list have had few romantic pairings with a woman their own age (or even one out of her mid-thirties). If our actor was sharing the screen with an A-lister of commensurate star power like Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie, the age difference would drop somewhat, but in movies that relied solely on our guy’s big name, the lesser-known love interests would nearly always be decades younger.
I’ll admit, this (is one of the many things that) bothered me about Oblivion.
(via NY Mag)
(Source: Mother Jones)