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

[[1]] Mr. Peabody and Sherman (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Rosie on 2014-03-02 09:55:03.



Rosie said:
A really misogynistic movie which I would strongly recommend not subjecting your children, whatever their gender, to. The main female character has to be saved repeatedly by the two title characters, who come up with all the bright ideas about how to save the world and do adventurous, exciting things whilst she is forced to marry Egyptian princes/dragged away inside Trojan horses. She is always portrayed as completely helpless and dependent on the male characters to save her. The only moment the film comes close to passing the test is when she is comforted by her mother (who says nothing throughout the movie apart from echoing her husband) whilst Sherman and Mr Peabody save the world. Worst of all is what happens to the villain at the end when she gets her "just desserts". She is grabbed by a Roman soldier who fancies her and then dragged through a time vortex, shrieking. She is abducted but after the vortex closes no-one bats an eyelid.
Message posted on 2014-03-02 09:55:03
Rebecca said:
This movie is despicable garbage. A completely sexist, racist, homophobic film that continually puts down women, POCs, and makes "gay" jokes which is supposed to make children laugh. It's horrible to think that kids are watching sort of garbage! This is how bigots are bred. Parents don't take your kids to see this!

Also yes, it fails the test.
Message posted on 2014-03-09 16:35:39
Elizabeth said:
Definitely pathologically obvious mysoginistic movie and very hateful of other people who are not "normal:" Adding these examples:

1) all female characters are either bitches, mean, domineering, indulgent, self-absorbed or passive

2) the 2 fat women (Marie-Antoinette and Grunion) were very negatively portrayed and their fatness was very exaggerated and viewed as evil through gross body movements and camera angles

3) the girl initially does the flying in DaVinci's contraption, but gives the controls to Sherman who flies and then he gets all the credit

4) the nice boy in the wheelchair tries to add positive comments, but is too passive and gets trounced on by the girl

5) didn't see one famous female character from the past that did anything important or valuable - all were MALE. All were white. What about someone like Harriet Tubman?

6) girl almost gets "raped" by the rapier for the blood ceremony during Ancient Egypt because she didn't want to marry King Tut? Confusing.

7) why does Sherman have to fall in love with the bitchy girl? Why does the screenwriter feel obligated to have the lead character win over such a nasty person? Very insecure, clearly.

Also, how many other film references can you put in this movie before there is nothing original in it? This one contained so many "bits" that it was pastiche.

This movie also did not have build and the editing was too fast and lost the storytelling in the process. It was more like a ride I wouldn't want to go on again.

Only thing good about this movie were the credits at the end - they were beautiful.

CONCLUSION: There is something pathologically wrong with the screenwriter and director? Why didn't Dreamworks filter the script earlier? This movie should NOT BE SEEN by anybody. Somebody needs some serious therapy.
Message posted on 2014-03-10 01:18:41
Kaiju said:
It's saddening that an eight year old is just use as a love interest for another eight year old in this movie
Message posted on 2014-06-02 01:41:16

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