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]] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) [imdb]

This movie passed 1 of 3 tests. It was entered by NessieNos on 2014-07-09 17:51:36.



NessieNos said:
This film only features one human woman with a name and a speaking role. There's a female ape who's plot-significant and has a line or two, so generously speaking, you might say the film has "two named women," but she and the human woman don't talk to each other.
Message posted on 2014-07-09 17:51:36
Becca said:
Very generous. The female ape definitely doesn't have a name. I suppose we can say plot significant is the same as having a name...
Message posted on 2014-07-12 04:38:00
James said:
I feel like Caesar's "wife" had a name, I just don't remember it. She has enough plot significance that I would consider it a pass if she talked to Keri Russel's character about something other than men.

I loved this movie, but it scores few points on gender representation. The major female characters are major "support your man" figures. The primary female character in Rise was James Franco's girlfriend, but she also had a significant role as a fellow science-person to foil Franco's position on Caesar and the Alzheimer's drug
Message posted on 2014-07-14 05:01:19
Ore said:
Caesar's wife definitely didn't have a name. If you count plot significance as having a name then maybe it counts. Only then would it pass the first test.
Message posted on 2014-07-14 14:04:50
Mike disagreed with the rating and said:
I didn't feel Caesar's wide much of a plot significance besides your standard damsel in distress trope. She wasn't a character with even remotely the same facets as say Koba or Caesar's son.

I really enjoyed the film too, but I don't feel that it passed the first test.
Message posted on 2014-07-15 13:37:39
MJS said:
Caesar's wife is credited as "Cornelia," don't remember if it actually came up in the movie.
Message posted on 2014-07-16 14:59:32
James said:
Caesar's wife takes part in long meaningful exchanges. She is a character. Not one with as much impact as Koba or Caesar's son, but she isn't the random unnamed female cashier character we use to say X movie doesn't pass because a woman buys a soda from another.
Message posted on 2014-07-17 16:48:38
Red said:
This is a bit tricky. We have a female human and female ape, but the latter's name (Cornelia) was not spoken or written in the subs. Personally, I'd say it counts there; in the previous film, they did say her name.
Message posted on 2014-07-19 23:26:16
Medussa said:
The only significance the female ape had as far as plot line was as the symbol of family. She is the caretaker of the main ape's children, and that is it.
While she also provides an avenue for the human female to show her healing skills, that sub plot could have been accomplished with any other ape as well.
to me, the female ape does not even count as a female character, she's just an extra.
Message posted on 2014-07-21 07:05:19

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