Bechdel Test Movie List

/bech·del test/ n.
1. It has to have at least two [named] women in it
2. Who talk to each other
3. About something besides a man

[[3]] Drive (2011) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by Dinah on 2011-09-15 04:51:14.

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Dinah said:
There's a short part in one scene where Irene and Cindy (the babysitter) greet each other ("Hi"/"How are you?"/"Fine"). It's the only scene in the movie where two female characters talk to each other at all. It might pass the letter of the test, but I wouldn't say that it passes the spirit of the test.
Message posted on 2011-09-15 04:51:14
nozick disagreed with the rating and said:
that conversation only lasts a few moments, I think it fails the third test.
Message posted on 2011-10-23 22:03:28
Cjrpos disagreed with the rating and said:
Yeah, I don't even think it passes the letter of the test. "About something besides a man." means a conversation that has a topic that is not a man. "Hi"/"How are you?"/"Fine" is not a conversation about a topic, it is an exchange of pleasantries.
Message posted on 2011-10-25 15:41:26
blahblah disagreed with the rating and said:
No way does that count as a conversation.

I would also add that the rest of the film paints the only two significant female characters (Irene & Blanche, who never interact with one another) as helpless damsels in distress, to the point that I was uncomfortable and offended just watching their scenes.
Message posted on 2012-02-12 03:39:03
Dinah said:
The rule doesn't say that they have a conversation, it says that they talk to each other. That's what I mean it passing the letter of the test. Two women, who are named, talk to each other, about something besides a man. They don't have a conversation. In any case, a negative rating (or passing one out of three) would certainly be more representative of the movie as a whole, because if the only part that could possibly count as a pass is a minor part of a scene lasting only seconds, it's not really passing the test.
Message posted on 2012-02-18 21:30:07
A disagreed with the rating and said:
Dinah, the rule doesn't mention "conversation" indeed, but it says that they should "talk to each other about something" and that something isn't a man. Saying "-Hi -How are you?..." to each other is not talking about something and therefore the film doesn't pass the test.
Message posted on 2012-03-22 05:36:46
Dan said:
Considering the fact the very little is said througought the entire movie this may actually count as a conversation, though I must say that I really wasn't aware that that Babysitter's name was known.
Message posted on 2012-04-15 09:27:03
Guinea said:
I don't think Blanche comes off as any more helpless than anyone else. It's only Ryan Gosling's character who isn't at the mercy of scarier men
Message posted on 2012-04-16 15:50:38
Dziga Vertov said:
The babysitter is also only there to nurse a little male, making his benefit the only purpose of the two talking at all (the existence of another named woman). This non-conversation is having a single subject: a male.
Message posted on 2012-04-20 17:37:51
Elmar said:
I think the important issue here is that even THIS movie manages to pass the letter of the test, dumping buckets of everlasting shame on all the movies who didn't even manage that. It's important to give this one a pass rating not because it is particularly interested in women but because it shows how low the benchmark really is.
Message posted on 2012-08-12 00:21:37
Jeremy said:
This rating is technically correct, but to be fair, the movie has very little dialogue in general, and also very few characters.
Message posted on 2014-04-10 23:28:58

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