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]] Dredd 3D (2012) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by Ben on 2012-09-18 10:33:53.



Ben said:
Judge Kaplan describes to Ma-Ma how she's going to kill Judge Anderson.
Message posted on 2012-09-18 10:33:54
Nony said:
Anderson also speaks with Cathy, the woman in the apartment, about how to make the elevator work and how Cathy wants the Judges off her level and away from her and her family.
Message posted on 2012-10-04 22:42:05
Max said:
Also, Anderson talks to the (female) Chief Judge at the beginning.
The fact that part of the judges are female and that a woman is in command of them is treated as something so natural it's not even pointed out or discussed.
And female Judges' uniforms look almost exactly like those of their male colleagues - no silly steel bra or tight-fitting latex or exaggerated cleavage or similar.
Message posted on 2013-01-08 11:33:05
Mastro said:
Funny- if basically a First Person Shooter movie can meet the Bechdel Test- pretty much anything can.

Note that this is a very simply plotted- kill or be killed film- the screenwriters could have totally taken the out that a conversation between women would not advance the plot.

What helps is that so many women are involved- the main villain Ma-Ma for one- she is a former prostitute- but what might be a trope in other films makes perfect sense in this dystopia.
Message posted on 2013-01-11 16:30:18
Meghan said:
I was so fascinated by gender in this movie, because it was such a typical generic action flick in every single way except for the role of female characters. There were multiple interesting female characters, some protagonists, some villains. They were far more fleshed out and interesting than any of the male characters, including the lead, and interacted with one another in a number of scenes.
Message posted on 2013-01-22 01:42:16
Ian Cooper disagreed with the rating and said:
None of the women in Dredd talk about anything that advances the plot. The female interactions are essentially meaningless. For a true pass, I feel the women have to discuss something beyond chit-chat.
Message posted on 2013-02-08 21:39:48
boyandhorse said:
The conversation between Anderson and the Chief Judge at the begining of the film is the introduction to her character and establishes who Anderson is in the context of the universe where the film exists.

If you remove this scene, the audience will be confused when Anderson mentions her psychic abilities before the raid, or when she uses those abilities after the raid.
Message posted on 2013-02-18 13:11:05
benben said:
It also should be noted that this film is of the classic "hero's journey" plot, although Anderson is the hero. As with the comics, Dredd is the straight man, and Anderson in the character that shows emotion, and the audience relates too. Olivia Thirlby is great casting (as is Urban), and puts in a great performance.
Message posted on 2013-02-24 23:01:49
Marzipan said:
@Ian Cooper - I take your point, but I disagree with your disagreement. To me, part of the point of the test is that so few movies pass it, even though it ought to be laughably easy. Even a five-second interaction along the lines of "Hi Jane," - "Hi Jill," - "Nice weather!" - "Yes, isn't it?" would technically do the job, and yet look how many can't even manage that! Introducing an additional requirement (4 - Which advances the plot) - much as I'd like that to be something that happens in films, as a matter of course - muddies the simplicity of a test that underlines how ridiculously marginalised women are in many films.
Message posted on 2013-06-05 21:03:01
JMK said:
Judge Kaplan and Anderson, two-thirds of the way though, have a full conversation, albeit short, in a corridor, and it is nothing to do with a man.
Message posted on 2014-03-09 13:41:33
DTW said:
Second Marzipan & Nony's comments. The Cathy's apartment scene was important as it showed Anderson that she couldn't treat the world as Black & White, as Dredd did. There are consequences, even perps may have a family life.
Message posted on 2014-09-25 15:29:08
ChubbyCyborg said:
I would agree that the conversation with Cathy had no importance to the plot- if Anderson wasn't a main character. She and Ma-Ma are more developed than any others, including the title character. This was not a character heavy story, but because of that, every little moment we spent with these characters have to count, and for the most part they did.
Message posted on 2015-06-13 23:58:11

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