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

Department

Film

Language

English

Subjects

Film remakes, Sex role in motion pictures, Women in motion pictures, Feminist film criticism

DOI

10.15760/honors.973

Abstract

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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Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/34462

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