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]] Aliens (1986) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by J.C. on 2009-02-17 08:15:07.

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Pamela Mason said:
I read 'somewhere' that Ripley was originally written for a man but that Ridley Scott chose Sigourney Weaver for reasons of his own. There is more interaction between the two women crew members in the directors' cut.
Message posted on 2011-11-16 02:42:54
Ian Mangum said:
Sorry Pamela Mason, You are thinking of Alien.....this link corresponds to "Aliens" (the 2nd in the series), which was directed by James Cameron.
Additionally, the characters in the orginial Alien were written with a unisex design because the humans were not the original focus (who they were did not matter), the Alien was. Subsequently, the casting directors made a uniformed decision to make the lead character female. But once again, this is the original. "Aliens" TOTALLY passes the Bechdel test from start to finish and features nothing but strong female characters, although one could be interpreted as only strong because she "behaved like a guy."
Message posted on 2011-11-29 20:11:51
Anonymous said:
Ripley and Rebecca Jordan ("Newt") have plenty of conversation, but as I recall it is largely about Newt's dead family, her mother, brother and father. So that conversation fails.

The conversation between Ripley and the queen, however, is entirely about Newt so it would qualify. Does the alien queen count as a "named female character"?
Message posted on 2013-08-03 19:01:04
Stephen Blower disagreed with the rating and said:
Yes this film is about a strong female centric character but it barely passes the two women talking to each other part. This film stands on it's own and as such the rules don't apply.
Message posted on 2013-11-02 03:33:44
Simon Milligan said:
Ripley and Newt talk about monsters. Ferro (the drop-ship pilot, called by name by the sergeant) and Vasquez talk about Ripley. Easy pass.
Message posted on 2013-11-08 01:12:13
Mother Alien said:
Ripley and Newt have multiple conversations about things that don't include men (having bad dreams, monsters, imaginary friends, protection, etc). In addition, Ripley has a conversation with Vasquez about aliens that does not have anything to do with men (unless you count the fact that Ripley mentions the alien killed her entire crew which included men).

Also, Ian Mangum is mistaken about Ripley behaving "like a guy." The entire point is that she's behaving like a mother bear protecting her cub (who is female).
Message posted on 2014-02-02 13:08:39
A Chenery said:
Mother Alien: I believe Ian Magnum was refering to "have you ever been mistaken for a man" Vasquez.
Message posted on 2014-03-13 13:57:30

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