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]] Neighbors (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 3 of 3 tests (although dubious). It was entered by luluvohn on 2014-05-18 13:58:54.



luluvohn said:
Paula and Kelly have a few conversations during the film, but the one most likely to pass is the FaceTime conversation early in the movie where Paula invites Kelly to a rave with her. Mac is present, and participates, but the conversation is not explicitly about him or any other man.
Message posted on 2014-05-18 13:58:54
Kaitune disagreed with the rating and said:
The movie is definitely a 3/3 pass. There are four named female characters:
-Kelly, the wife -Paula, Kelly's crazy friend
-Brooke, Teddy's GF -Carol, the university dean

All of them have conversation with another female as some point.
-Paula tried to invite Kelly to a rave (Kelly's husband was presented, but the conversation wasn't about him.)
-Kelly has a short chat with Brooke about her daughter.
-Even though Kelly's conversation with Dean Carol was mainly about the frat house at first, briefly towards the end, Kelly was insulting in the dean on a different matter (how she doesn't give a damn about any non-news worthy offence done by her students.)

For a comedy, this movie does a pretty good job of not being sexist or too male-centric. There are several female characters, and they tend to be presented as being as humorous as the male characters. No unfunny frigid girlfriend here, which is a HUGE plus. Although Kelly is a housewife, and Brooke's main role is being Teddy's girlfriend. The movie has a couple of zany working women in Dean Carol and an un-named real estate agent (who has a brief but memorisable humorous moment).

Sure, the movie could have more non-man related interaction between the women, but it isn't doing too bad.
Message posted on 2014-05-21 17:07:56

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