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]] Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Trabb's Boy on 2009-10-30 23:05:39.

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Trabb's Boy said:
Female lead appears after the death of the main character's mother. A minor "wife of" character only has one or two lines, not directed at another woman.
Message posted on 2009-10-30 23:05:39
M A Zimmerman disagreed with the rating and said:
I disagree because even though there are more than two women, only one of them has a name.

The movie does not meet any of the Bechdel tests.
Message posted on 2011-03-20 20:16:31
M A Zimmerman said:
I thought the movie was going to make a point about women being smart with Sam. She was a beautiful ambitious weather girl, but she had a habit of saying smart things but quelling them last minute to sound more ditzy. Flint calls her out on it, but it goes to a dark place. Sam says that she was always picked on for being nerdy, so she decided to be beautiful. Flint encourages her to be 'herself' and put her hair back and wear massive eyeglasses, essentially dorking her up. Just No. The story tried to make a feminist point, but like second wave feminist tells us, women can be beautiful AND smart. CWACOM made a point of making them mutually exclusive. It would have been okay if Sam made this choice mid-movie herself but unfortunately, Flint made this decision for her. tsk-tsk-tsk.

On a side note, this movie was decidedly sexist. Not only did the movie not pass the Bechdal Test, but Sam never got to be her own person. The only change she underwent was due to men. The only thing she contributed to the movie was as a love interest, and as the one that foresees the weather crisis. This last part would have been okay, but it fell into her lap. The suitcase containing the the weather device appeared magically out of nowhere. She could have been a driving force of the movie, but they made her as passive as they could. Even when she was affecting the movie's outcome slightly by lowering Flint into the Abyss, she had a massive allergic reaction to a peanut. Flint decides to chew the rope apart so Sam wouldn't have to make the decision about allowing him to drop. This prompted one of the male characters to literally pick her up and carry her to safety. This shows that women, even when they are trying their best, are misguidedly heroic and, at the end of the day, completely ineffective.
Message posted on 2011-03-20 20:20:32
Tom said:
You're wrong M A Zimmerman : p
The point is that glasses and hair pulled back is her being herself ( how flint perceives her to be most beautiful), not conforming to the societal ideal of beauty. That she is beautiful with her hair back and her glasses on.
In fact they make their point perfectly.
Unfortunately you have fallen into the trap of assuming beauty is Sam with no glasses and her hair down (demonstrated by your use of 'dorked up'). Shame. lol
Message posted on 2015-05-07 21:06:39
Tom said:
You're wrong M A Zimmerman : p
The point is that glasses and hair pulled back is her being herself ( how flint perceives her to be most beautiful), not conforming to the societal ideal of beauty. That she is beautiful with her hair back and her glasses on.
In fact they make their point perfectly.
Unfortunately you have fallen into the trap of assuming beauty is Sam with no glasses and her hair down (demonstrated by your use of 'dorked up'). Shame. lol
Message posted on 2015-05-07 21:06:41
Azul disagreed with the rating and said:
Flynn's mother, Earl's wife or any speaking woman isn't named. The only relevant female in the film is Sam. It doesn't pass any of the tests.
Message posted on 2018-04-21 11:52:20

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