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]] The Lunchbox (2013) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests. It was entered by nike on 2013-11-20 09:34:55.



nike said:
Ila talks to her neighbour Mrs Deshpande, her daughter Yashvi and her mother on several occasions, and even though all the conversations soon turn to a male character, they do talk about recipes, music, or Ila's own childhood. Lunchbox passes.
Message posted on 2013-11-20 09:34:55
rk disagreed with the rating and said:
As stated by the previous poster: everything soon turns to a man.

1. They talk about food... that she cooks for a man.

2. They talk about music... which was in relation to a letter the man sent her

3. Every single conversation in the movie can be related to a man..

I don't really think this is a clear pass.
Message posted on 2014-05-12 06:08:56
Ed disagreed with the rating and said:
All the female leads conversations are about men, this movies only passes 2/3 of the test.
Message posted on 2014-11-05 08:42:21
A said:
Ila talks with her daughter (Yashvi) about a game she used to play when she was young. However, Yashvi is a girl, not a woman, and doesn't say much in return.

Ila talks with her mother about money and her mother's hunger, but Ila's father is a huge presence in both of these conversations. More importantly, I do not recall a name for Ila's mother and she doesn't have one on IMDB.

Ila's neighbor (whom she calls "Auntie," although they do not seem to be related) talks--always off screen, we never see her--to Ila about food and music.

I think the movie passes all three but there are good arguments to be made that it's dubious. Auntie is off screen, the mother doesn't have a name, and the daughter doesn't really say much in return in addition to being a child.
Message posted on 2015-03-09 00:39:26

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