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]] How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by Rognik on 2014-07-08 00:19:34.

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Rognik said:
There are three named female characters: Astrid and Ruffnut from the first movie, and Hiccup's mother, Velka. However, I don't think any of them talk to each other in the span of the movie. Velka definitely doesn't talk to anyone outside of her husband, son and Gobber, and Ruffnut doesn't say much that isn't about some man or another.
Message posted on 2014-07-08 00:19:34
Megan said:
A brilliant part of this movie is when Hiccup tells Astrid to "stay close" instead of "stay back" while heading into a dangerous situation. Applause for that.
Message posted on 2014-07-12 20:15:46
Tibki said:
The movie definitely could've done with more female character development on parts aside from Valka--I'd've loved to see Valka's introduction to Astrid--but a few things can't be forgotten:
a, the movie is focusing on Hiccup's reuniting with his mother, and dealing with Drago and his chiefdom; a quick f/f conversation would've been nice, but wouldn't've added much to the plot, or, in the case of Valka-Astrid, possibly would've added ~too~ much. HTTYD 'verse has simple stories with a lot of humanity--throwing in a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law problem would've been overcliche and gone nowhere with the plot.
b, No woman is sexualized in this movie. Heck, two ~men~ are sexualized instead. ~Seriously~ important, especially since I can't think of another movie with a ~male~ lead that does the same. Dreamworks was seriously excited about its new fat-jiggling software, but all they used it for was Eret's arm and Fishlegs's face--not once is there a sexy shot that could possibly demean women.
Message posted on 2014-08-02 11:34:37
Khan said:
It fails and it fails hard. Astrid never speaks to Ruffnut about anything other than Hiccup, every damn line out of Ruffnut's mouth is about a man or men fawning over her and Valka never even shares a line with other females despite being in same scene. This movie could have, at the very least, made the female character's do something essential to plot, but no, they are all just objects of some male's affection, there to provide comfort for men and don't do anything that doesn't result in being captured or getting something killed. And Tibki, the sexualization of men in today's media isn't anything new, see Thor, Captain America and every other new superhero movie and even if it wasn't that wouldn't excuse the mistreatment of potentially amazing female leads.
Message posted on 2014-11-08 01:29:14

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