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
rich said:
Rosie? Did you watch the film or briefly glance at it occasionally? The film is about the boy and dog - of course it focuses on them. You seem to have managed to completely overlook Penny's nasty bullying at the start which happened simply because Sherman knew more about history. She was only forced to marry the prince because shed originally agreed to it and couldn't back out. She liked the idea of being a princess more than bothering to find out what was involved. She was quick to use her power against sherman and peabody before peabody pointed out what she was heading for. The mother is the strong one and the father is an idiot. Oh and the "worst" thing? The unpleasant social worker was grabbed by agamemnon ... but the last scene has her happily marrying him and being the dominant one.
Message posted on 2014-08-12 19:05:02
Rosie said:
Hello rich. I find your comment unnecessarily antagonistic. I watched the film beginning to end in the cinema, although perhaps my vision was obscured by my pained winces. Firstly, why are both the dog and the child male? The film could have shown, rather than a stereotypical very successful businessman, a female dog who had achieved a lot and was extremely intelligent, or the child could have been an inquisitive, intelligent and kind girl. Saying "the title characters are both male" is no excuse for the film not passing the test, because making both the title characters male was a CHOICE. Penny was a very unpleasant child, and this sent an unhelpful message that Penny's personality didn't matter in whether Sherman liked her or not. I am very disturbed by you saying that "she was only forced to marry the prince because she'd originally agreed to it". I don't think you understand consent- just because someone has agreed to something in a relationship in the past, it doesn't mean that the other person has any right to expect them to continue to agree to it or for them to agree to it again, or to force them to do it if they will not. The last scene was extremely disturbing; the abduction was a PG version of rape, some sort of sick "redemption by rape" scene, and then to go on to portray her as growing to like her attacker makes the situation so many times worse.
Message posted on 2014-08-14 22:18:12
Rich said:
I was simply pointing out your errors. You have your interpretation of the story, I have mine. You seem quick to avoid things that disprove your desperate search for misogyny , you can make much better arguments if you avoid things like the knee jerk use of the word rape to describe the Greek guy grabbing the woman. For example, I agree with you over shermans attraction to penny. She's horrible to him for the majority of the film. The only thing she has are looks. It's only much later that she shows good signs such as letting him take the controls and encouraging him to believe in himself. The force issue? Pointing something out does not equal supporting it. At the time many people had no choice over marriage - more a business deal between families, especially for royal families. But you want to rewrite the past to match modern day expectations. Why? That's what happened then.
Message posted on 2014-08-16 13:07:00
Kravin said:
Are you aware that this is based on an old tv cartoon? Why should yo turn them into women if they were created earlier as is? Also, in an egalitarian mindset the sex of the characters wouldn't be that relevant. It disturbs me that you have to turn this into sexism (by actually being sexist). Making every story about women would be just as bad (and bigoted) as making all of them about a male lead. That seems to be what you want (from what I read from your posts).
Message posted on 2014-08-28 10:24:52
haber said:
Yes, this is based on an old cartoon from the very sexist 1950's. So fair enough that it's about a boy and a dog. But the stuff Rich said about Penny's nasty bullying and being forced to marry the prince because of her own earlier choice is bizarre. It's not a real person who did these things. She's a character created in a screenwriter's head and that screenwriter made the conscious decision to write her in an awful, sexist manner.
Message posted on 2015-01-07 20:30:29
mickey said:
forget the sad ideas to the movie why did this become a debate on the merits of them being male? they are men and the movie is about them I would think it only natural for the movie to fail the test they may have been no female at all it would still make sense! on the rating
Message posted on 2015-01-27 19:30:36

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