Backlash

Do men hate the new all-female “Ghostbusters” movie?

Director Paul Feig poses with cast members (L-R) Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig pose at the premiere of the film "Ghostbusters" in Hollywood, California U.S., July 9, 2016. (REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

While the new all-female Ghostbusters, directed by Paul Feig, hits U.S. theaters on Friday, early reviews — both from professional critics and IMDB users — suggest that men like the reboot a lot less than women. Rotten Tomatoes, a website which aggregates movie reviews found 61 reviews for the movie, of which 77 percent were positive. The differences among gender lines were remarkable, however. Of the 43 male reviewers, 72 percent gave it a positive rating (while 28 percent judged it negatively). But of the 18 women, 89 percent reviewed it positively and only 11 percent gave it a “rotten rating.”

This seems to suggest that men and women experience the movie differently — which is also reflected in user ratings on IMDB.com. As of Wednesday, 10,093 people had reviewed the movie, and its overall rating averaged a meager 3.9 out of 10. When you look closer at the demographics, however, you’ll see that the 6,104 reviewers who could be identified as men, gave the movie 3.5 out of 10 on average, while 1,096 female reviewers gave it an average 7.5 rating. Users are able to review the movie on IMDB because it has already been released in the United Kingdom, but there is no guarantee that they have actually seen it, and some people might be giving it a bad rating just out out of spite. Many male online commenters revolted against the very idea of the movie (an all-female reboot of the ‘80s classic), making it one of the most disliked movie trailers in YouTube history, with more than 900,000 “thumbs down.”  Martha Lauzen, the executive director for the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film fears that the continued backlash might be bad news for future female-centric movies. “The prevailing attitudes held by studio executives regarding female-driven films are much more likely to influence the production of films in the future,” Lauzen told USA Today. “The mainstream film industry continues to discount female-driven films in spite of the fact that women comprise half of the movie-going audience, and that many films featuring female protagonists have performed well at the box office.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter and USA Today.


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