Film Dialogue By Gender And Age |

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about film dialogues in 2000 screenplays, broken down by gender and age

Let’s take ‚Natural Born Killers‘ for example. Story by Tarantino, directed by Oliver Stone. Mickey (Woody Harrelson) gets 2997 words, Mallory (Juliette Lewis) only 835, less than a third. 13 of 853 Tarantino-Words for Mallory Knox:

„How sexy am I now?! Huh, Flirty boy! How sexy am I now?!“

Or the last ‚Star Wars‘, the most popular male fantasy since the Old Testament. Although Luke Skywalker is a woman now, Rey (Daisy Ridley) only gets a bit more than Mallory (1363), but less  than supporting character Finn (John Boyega):

Come on, guys! 72% male dialogue despite a female protagonist, are you serious?

Just stop hunting your dad and stop building your fourth Death Star! That is so Oedipus and not complex at all.

„You’re a monster.“ Rey to Kylo Ren

Two more quotes from

„In January 2016, researchers reported that men speak more often than women in Disney’s princess films. We validated this claim and doubled the sample size to 30 Disney films, including Pixar.

The results: 22 of 30 Disney films have a male majority of dialogue. Even films with female leads, such as Mulan, the dialogue swings male.

Mushu, her protector dragon, has 50% more words of dialogue than Mulan herself.“

„Across thousands of films in our dataset, it was hard to find a subset that didn’t over-index male. Even romantic comedies have dialogue that is, on average, 58% male.

For example, ‚Pretty Woman‘ and ’10 Things I Hate About You‘ both have lead women (i.e., characters with the most amount of dialogue). But the overall dialogue for both films is 52% male, due to the number of male supporting characters.“

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