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

[[2]] Warm Bodies (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 2 of 3 tests. It was entered by Summersgill on 2013-01-30 02:10:02.

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Summersgill said:
Julie and Nora never get beyond talking about R, who isn't a man, but rather a male zombie.
Message posted on 2013-01-30 02:10:02
Summersgill said:
Julie and Nora never get beyond talking about R, who isn't a man, but rather a male zombie.
Message posted on 2013-01-30 02:10:04
Becca disagreed with the rating and said:
I believe in the beginning they talk about getting medical supplies and a few times in her room they talk about disliking living in the apocalypse.
Message posted on 2013-02-02 03:44:32
isabel disagreed with the rating and said:
Julie asks Nora during the dream sequence what she would be if there wasn't a zombie apocalypse going on.
Message posted on 2013-02-04 01:32:33
Julia disagreed with the rating and said:
In the dream sequence, Julie and Nora talk about their ideal job.
Message posted on 2013-02-04 13:14:58
Julia disagreed with the rating and said:
Also, in the pharmacy, Nora hears the approaching zombies, says "Did you hear that?" and Julie says "I did."
Message posted on 2013-02-04 13:27:17
Iain disagreed with the rating and said:
Julie and Nora discuss their ideal jobs in a scene, Nora wants to be a nurse.
Message posted on 2013-02-11 18:41:27
Aiffe said:
I agree with this rating. Even if it did pass on the barest technicality from some throwaway line, it sure whimpered across that finish line. I remember getting all excited in the theater realizing Julie and Nora were actually talking to each other, only to realize that the only significant interaction between them consisted of, "You liiike him he's going to be your booooyfriend!" Failstamp.

I did enjoy the movie, but I enjoy lots of things that don't pass the Bechdel Test, or barely pass it on technicalities. :/
Message posted on 2013-02-21 21:20:22
S disagreed with the rating and said:
Julie asks Nora and Perry what they'd like to be if there were no zombie apocalypse, and Nora describes her dream to be a nurse.
Message posted on 2013-02-22 18:50:18
john disagreed with the rating and said:
As per the above comments, (e.g. The conversation about medical supplies and the dream sequence) I think this film, by a slim margin, pass all three parts of the Bechtel test. Reclassify!
Message posted on 2013-03-06 13:46:58
Kathleen disagreed with the rating and said:
Nora and Julie talk to eachother a few times in the movie (although, not that much) about getting medical supplies and what they want to be when they grow up.
Message posted on 2013-06-05 19:49:08
Diana disagreed with the rating and said:
While only two female characters have names (aka Julie and Nora as previously mentioned), and they only have one significant conversation that isn't about R in the dream sequence, the movie passes by a slim margin; however, it does still pass all 3 tests in their literal sense.
Message posted on 2013-06-27 22:29:58
Anna disagreed with the rating and said:
Although it barely passed, it did indeed pass. And aren't all too many movies like that? The dream sequence, right before the first zombie attack, and when they're sitting in bed, before they mention R, nora says she's glad she back, and Julie says she's glad to be back. It's not much, but it's undeniably there.
Message posted on 2013-07-19 00:23:33
zoe disagreed with the rating and said:
This movie passes all three tests. In the beginning Julie and Nora talk about life sans apocalypse.
Message posted on 2013-07-24 21:00:15
Mike disagreed with the rating and said:
Even if you dismiss the dream sequence as occurring in R's head, at the end you see Nora become a nurse, validating that discussion.

And they definitely talk a bit about supplies and life in the apocalypse as others have mentioned.

The number of times Julie has to be rescued is slightly disconcerting, but then half of the named male humans die in the first 5 minutes of the movie, and she's still portrayed as tough and independent.
Message posted on 2013-07-30 08:18:34
Ryan disagreed with the rating and said:
I think by the standards of the other movies reviewed on this site, this one passes (although just barely).
Message posted on 2013-08-03 11:39:37
Kara disagreed with the rating and said:
I also agree that, as little as they didn't talk about men, they did have conversations about something other than men.

I think, just to play devil's advocate, that a reverse Bechdel test could be done and we should consider 1) How many named male characters there are 2) That they talk to each other 3) that they talk to each other about something other than women.

There are 5 named characters in the movie; R, M, Colonel Grigio (not sure to really count him actually,we don't even get his first name, might as well call him Julie's dad), Kevin, and Perry. Perry dies within the first five minutes and I recall Kevin barely saying much at all, or anything significant. Only R, M, and Julie's dad ever have significant conversations, but only R and M ever talk about anything other than women, and I think it was at the beginning of the movie when it was shown they 'sometimes say words to each other.'

In comparison to Nora and Julie, they talk so much more during the movie. They are also focused on moreso than the trigger-happy males, and are portrayed as the strongest characters, emotionally and in a sense of maturity, alongside R and M, in my opinion.

Considering all that, and the fact this is essentially a romance flick between a boy and a girl, the movie definitely passes that Bechdel test.
Message posted on 2013-08-16 14:05:15
K disagreed with the rating and said:
The dream sequence is possibly an extension of Perry's memories, justified when we see Nora working as a nurse later.
There's also a brief exchange during the makeover sequence when Nora and Julie disagree over Nora's choice of song.
Message posted on 2013-10-28 05:08:13
Lia said:
If the conversation that you're looking at is 'did you hear that?' then this movie more than fails the test. C'mon! I don't think you should pass a movie because they were able to provided a two line dialogue that wasn't about a male (wow! amazing! two lines!). To pass the test they must have actually had a conversation, not a dialogue. There's a difference.
Message posted on 2013-10-29 03:16:46
K disagreed with the rating and said:
The two-line exchange at the beginning is not what I referred to. The test doesn't specify how long an exchange needs to be to pass. There are some films that pass the test by a landslide, some that pass by a margin, and some that fail. I would say this film is of the middle category. Room for improvement, certainly, but it meets the requirements. In fact, if you're counting that early exchange, then Julie and Nora talk more than once in this film.
I am aware of the difference between a conversation and a dialogue. Both are defined as communication between two or more people, but a dialogue is generally a device for the narrative, while a conversation is for social purposes.
While I would prefer a conversation, the rules don't specify. Passing the test doesn't make a movie good, but I see no reason to fail a test that technically passes just because one doesn't like the kind of exchange that takes place. That's what the icons on the main page are for.
Message posted on 2013-11-05 09:43:17

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