First Advisor

Jungmin Kwon

Date of Award

Summer 2020

Document Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film and University Honors






Film remakes -- History and criticism, Women in motion pictures, Feminist film criticism




In the last few years, several female-centric remakes of originally male-oriented films have hit the box offices. Titles such as Ghostbusters (2016), The Hustle (2019), What Men Want (2019), and Ocean’s 8 (2018) feature popular female actors who step into male roles. These films pose the potential for a feminist take on male-centric films. However, all of these films share a commonality: they were unsuccessful in comparison to their original counterparts, according to audience and critic reviews. The average IMDb rating for these female-centric films dropped 1.88 points and the average Rotten Tomatoes rating dropped 30.3%. What are the reasons behind the lack of success for female-centric remakes? What can be done to better these female-centric films? In gender-swapped films, how can one break gender stereotypes, specifically around the representation of women, and how can female film crew members promote this change?


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