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"The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies"



The Bechdel Test for Women in Movies
1. Are there two or more named women in the movie?
2. Do they talk to each other?
2. Do they talk to each other about something other than men?

What is the last movie you saw that passed this test?
Stranger than Fiction
Julie & Julia
Forgiving the Franklins
Alice In Wonderland

Movies I have seen recently that don't pass this test:
Nothing to Lose
District 9
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Alien Trespass
Noise
Breakfast with Scot
My Blue Heaven
Eight Legged Freaks
Uncle Nino
Over the Hedge
Madagascar
Idiocracy
Indiana Jones/Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
Meet Dave
Meet Bill
The Station Agent
Iron Man
Cloverfield
Kick Ass

Comments

Hmmm, I'm watching an episode of Bones, and it features two named women who talk to each other, but what they talk about is a dead man (who had tried to sleep with one of the women and was a partner of the other). But their conversations about the dead man are not relationship oriented, but rather speak to the specifics of the investigation into his death. Does that count?

Actually, in general, Bones tends to pass the Bechdel Test: 3 starring women (with names) who work together in a non-relationship oriented field and discuss work regularly. While they discuss relationship stuff and men as well, it isn't the only thing they talk about.
In "Bones" the title character is a woman. It would be hard to have a weekly show about a women who didn't talk to other women.

"Bones" is a TV show not a movie. TV shows have a different dynamic. They have more named female characters, and the female characters usually have to have some reason (other than a relationship with a man) for being there.

But I've been watching NCIS, that has two regular female characters, but they rarely talk to each other. NCIS:Los Angeles has a female director and I can't remember her talking to a woman either. "House" has at least two named female primary characters at any one time, but they rarely talk to each other.

On "Bones" since Cam adopted her daughter there is frequently a whole sub plot about mother daughter relations. Although sometimes that is just about men.

"Gilmore Girls" was primarily about mother daughter relationships.

I was going to list Doctor Who because that frequently has woman talking about things other than men. "Waters of Mars" took place on Mars with a limited cast and had women talking about things other than men, but then one of the woman was the base commander. "Planet of the Dead" had three women but I don't remember them talking to each other.