Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Film and University Honors
Film remakes, Sex role in motion pictures, 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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Kiffe, Jocelyn J., "Gender-Swapped Remakes: Writing a Screenplay to Promote Realistic and Diverse Representation in Female-Centric Films" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 950.